Mill District will be a mixed use neighborhood with public courtyards and just over an acre of publicly accessible park. Pedestrian pathways will connect the open space and natural play area, public courtyards, commercial premises, and gardens.
Visitors and Healdsburg locals will be welcomed by shade trees and edible landscaping connected by walking trails. Song birds, butterflies, and pollinators will find habitat in the herb gardens, flowering shrubs, and leafy canopies. Stormwater runoff is managed to provide irrigation, buildings are efficient with energy, and there will be recycling facilities and composting on site.
This garden neighborhood is transit-friendly, pedestrian-friendly—and particularly cycle-friendly. Mill District's proximity to the SMART rail station will make it easy to live here without owning a car, with car share and bike racks to minimize the number of private vehicles. Shaded street parking is also available in compliance with the Land Use Code, to minimize impacts on downtown traffic. Mill District will pay tribute to Healdsburg's well established cycling culture, with bike storage and bike valets.
Scott Lee, SB Architects
The interplay of nature and culture makes Healdsburg loved by residents and visitors alike, and Mill District's Giving Program supports the initiatives that give the town its unique character. Our donations focus on four areas that foster this rare quality of life:
We cherish the natural beauty in and surrounding Healdsburg, and we keep it pristine for all residents and future generations.
Crowning jewel of Healdsburg, Fitch Mountain is home to biodiverse ecosystems, fantastic trails, and stunning views. Last November, ownership of 173 acres at the top transferred to the City of Healdsburg, under a conservation easement that keeps it forever ours. Plans are underway for a passive-use hiking park and nature preserve, but work must be done to minimize erosion, eradicate invasive plant species, and reduce fire danger. The Fitch Mountain Fund will foster the long-term financial support that will allow this treasure to be enjoyed by future generations and protected forever. Mill District was a Match Fund sponsor of the Fitch Mountain Forever event on October 13, 2019.Learn More
Healdsburg's rich history is an essential part of its charm—evident in the heritage homes, turn-of-the-century storefronts, and social traditions honored in the town plaza. We support endeavours to preserve and protect its storied past.
The Healdsburg Museum & Historical Society preserves and celebrates the area's rich history through exhibits, educational programs, and research. They hold objects, documents, and photographs in trust for present and future generations. Each year the annual Pioneer Award Dinner honors an individual and their role in our unfolding history, highlighting their life and times, and their contributions to their field or the community at large.Learn More
Keeping active is key to human health—and we believe it can build healthy communities too. We are happy to give to those organizations that make it easier for Healdsburg residents and visitors to walk, run, ride, and play together.
The annual GutBuster is a 3K or 10K run/walk, or a 12.5K road/trail run raising funds for No Stomach for Cancer and Ceres Community Project. No Stomach for Cancer raises awareness of a disease that receives very little funding from the National Cancer Institute, although it is the world's 3rd most common cause of cancer deaths. It's hard to detect and is typically diagnosed in late stages, and this non-profit supports research and provides education. Ceres Community Project (http://www.ceresproject.org) was started in Sebastopol and promotes Food as Medicine. The organization provides free organic meals, home-delivered, to low-income people suffering from serious illnesses. They also promote education and caring support throughout the community.Learn More
Each Independence Day, Duck Dash Races and a Kids Parade are organized and promoted by Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary, with proceeds benefitting the Rotary Club's excellent work in the community: scholarships, teacher appreciation, Choices Program, Wonder League, and much more.Learn More
Every October, Live Oak Preschool hosts a Walk-A-Thon as a way to raise money from outside sources to support their school. Participating families walk circles around the preschool; every time they pass the door to the school, the child receives credit for one lap. The Walk-A-Thon itself is quite a party. In addition to their Walk-A-Thon, they host Live Oak families for a child-friendly night of dinner and beverages on their back lawn. It's a great way to get our community together and celebrate each other.
The purpose of this annual family event is to raise scholarship money to fund college scholarships for local high school seniors. Each year over $10,000 in scholarships is awarded to local students. This event not only benefits the students of our community, but it also a great time for people to gather for some fun morning activities with the family. This year we are a proud sponsor of a Footrace Jogger.Learn More
Communities thrive when we look out for each other. Mill District puts a priority on giving to the organizations that help those in need, addressing root causes and exploring sustainable solutions for housing and social support.
This non-profit provides housing, funds to stabilize families at risk of becoming homeless, and outreach to the homeless in the north county—with a goal to achieve client independence and ongoing success. Held at the Alexander Valley Hall in Geyserville, Dinner in the Vineyard is Reach for Home's largest annual fundraiser. with live music, silent and live auctions, and Fund-a-Need paddle raise.Learn More
This emerging organization is raising funds to shelter those in need this winter. It is also raising awareness of the homeless situation, using art, a universal language, to express the individual humanity of every person. Daniel, a local homeless artist, wished for a camera to document what and how he sees. He was given that camera, funded by proceeds from last May’s show, A Place to Call Home, Reach For Home. During the month of September, the library hosted an exhibition of his first two months of photographs, revealing the beauty of the landscape and some of the people of Healdsburg.
In 2008, Farm to Pantry launched to serve a need to our local community: to provide a continuous supply of fresh healthy produce to our most vulnerable neighbors who lack access to it by cultivating a community of growers and volunteers. Since then, over 170 tons of produce have been gleaned (harvested) by Farm to Pantry and distributed to 25 partner non-profit organizations and low income housing complexes to. They are providing healthy food to our neighbors in need throughout Sonoma County.Learn More
ERIC CHAN, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, REPLAY