Last updated: March 29, 2022

Project name: Library Mixed-Use Project

  • Location: The Downtown Farmers Market parking lot at Cedar and Cathcart streets.
  • Status: Approved by Santa Cruz City Council in June 2020. Construction could start in early 2023 and take two years. A preapplication is expected by spring along with an arborist report and a preliminary cost estimate. The next round for community outreach and public input is expected in March.
  • Developer: Affordable housing developers: Eden Housing and For the Future of Housing Inc.  Owner’s representative: Griffin Structures will lead selection of the rest of the developer team.
Santa Cruz downtown library

A sketch shows a mixed-use library, affordable housing, and parking garage planned at Cedar and Cathcart streets. (Jayson Architecture)

rendering of planned Downtown Santa Cruz library

A draft rendering of the mid-block Cedar Street entrance of the planned Downtown Santa Cruz library shows textured glass windows and a rooftop garden. (Jayson Architecture)

rendering of new Downtown Santa Cruz library

Another draft rendering of the Cedar Street entrance of the planned Downtown Santa Cruz library shows housing above and behind the rooftop garden. (Jayson Architecture)

Project description

  • Details: This project calls for a new one-story library, up to 125 affordable housing units and a maximum 310-space parking garage at Cedar and Cathcart streets, where the downtown farmers market meets.
  • Farmers Market location: City leaders will resume discussions to permanently move the farmers market to another location, possibly a parking lot at Front and Cathcart streets.
  • Existing library site: City leaders have begun a public process to consider options for the existing library at 224 Church St. Based on public feedback, a consultant team recommended:
    • Affordable housing
    • Community-oriented (not commercial) ground-floor options
    • A civic plaza or park focused on daily uses for downtown residents, such as a dog park
    • Potential to host the downtown farmers market

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