I first started SCL three years ago with a goal: to get people talking about the revitalization of Stockton, downtown in particular. My topics ranged from walkability, historic preservation and the economic benefits of investment in existing urban areas over paving over farm land. About two years ago, I was introduced to Zac Cort of The Cort Group (now Ten Space). Zac was beginning to put together the pieces of a major downtown development. Over the following year, Zac and I both quickly realized that we shared a passion for creating vibrant urban places, and he offered me an opportunity to join the team.
At this point, I’d said everything I could to convince people that building in Downtown Stockton was hands down the best way to transform my hometown. I had a choice: I could keep writing about downtown, about walkability and a Stockton revival, or I could take an active role in building it myself.
I decided it was time to put my money where my mouth was, to walk the walk. I joined Zac and Tim Egkan one year ago to start turning my words into reality, and I’ve been humbled to be a part of such a passionate and experienced team. Over the past 12 months, Ten Space has been working diligently towards a vision of a thriving and vibrant Downtown Stockton.
And one year later, we’re taking a big step forward.
As reported by The Record, Ten Space is proposing a landmark development for Downtown Stockton. Up to 1,400 residences, 200,000 square feet of retail, 110,000 of light manufacturing, and 90,000 of office space to be woven into the existing core of Downtown connected by pedestrian-friendly streets, parklets, bike lanes and trees. Old, forgotten buildings will be given new life wherever possible, and new buildings will finally grace Stockton’s long stagnant skyline.
The Open Window Project envisions a vibrant, eclectic neighborhood where Stocktonians from all walks of life can interact, live and enjoy the best that the city has to offer. From young professionals to artists to retirees to low income families, Downtown Stockton will be the place in Stockton where everyone—regardless of age or occupation—will come together and live. Our project will transform our Downtown into the beating heart that our city deserves.
This is just the first step in a long road. This transformation will not occur overnight
I started SCL to get the people of Stockton talking about the revitalization of their city, and it’s my pledge that the development and implementation of our downtown plan will occur in an open and inclusive process—that’s my job as Ten Space’s Director of Community Development. Ultimately, the transformation of Downtown Stockton cannot take place unless there is strong community participation in our project. For too long, developers in Stockton have taken a top-down approach to development of farmland. Our project will be different. It has to be. The rejuvenation of Downtown Stockton is too important to leave in the hands of a select few. We welcome and encourage any and all comments, suggestions or feedback as we work to develop what our downtown will look like. Over the next few months, TenSpace will host a series of community meetings to solicit input and explain our project to the public, while we’ll also employ technology to collect feedback from those who cannot attend these meetings.
I am beyond excited to be part of the team bringing this project to Stockton.. As we begin to improve our city, I encourage all SCL readers to remain engaged. In three years of writing SCL, one thing has become very clear: Stocktonians agree that it’s time for Downtown Stockton to finally realize its true potential to take its place as the premiere urban destination in the Central Valley. And I truly believe that our project will do just that.