New public plaza in Fremont with beer garden, Asian night market on hold

FREMONT — Plans for a June 16 grand opening for the Town Fair Plaza — a temporary space in Fremont’s fledgling downtown for food, beer, live music and games — are being put on hold, the organizer said Tuesday.

Zach Lewis, the director of consultant Public Space Authority, which in conjunction with Filco Events is operating the plaza for the city, said there are some permitting and construction issues holding things up, and he could not yet say exactly when the grand opening will be held.

“We’re trying to do the right thing, and give people a good experience when they open up the doors,” he said. “We don’t want to be half-open when we open.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the plaza was still being put together at 39100 State St., along Capitol Avenue, at the former site of two Town Fair Shopping Center buildings the city razed last year.

The most prominent feature of the plaza is a geodesic dome, under which a live performance stage will be housed.

Once the plaza is open, there will also be family-oriented areas with games, including oversize building blocks and table tennis, mini-golf, a multi-use sport court, as well as a beer garden and rotating food trucks.

The plaza will be open six days each week, running from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays through Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, it will run an hour later.

The plaza will offer an evolving array of activities and spaces based largely on feedback from visitors, according to Lewis.

He said there will be staff members, surveys and interactive boards at the plaza to help collect opinions on what people like at the space and what they don’t.

City officials originally envisioned building a two-story community center and a public plaza in the space of the Town Fair buildings as the first phase of a civic center revamp, which included plans for a massive new city administration building farther down Capitol.

Staff reports call the community center and plaza a “catalytic project” that is “crucial to the social and economic health, and civic pride of the community” as part of the City Council’s commitment to “transform the downtown into a vibrant mixed use district.”

While officials hoped construction on the community center and plaza would start by last year, funding shortages pushed the groundbreaking for that project out until summer 2019, while the administration building is on hold indefinitely.

Instead, the temporary

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle


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