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Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know.

How many residential dwelling units will be built and will they include Affordable Housing?

Mill District proposes to build a total of 188 residential dwelling units. Of that total, up to 140 units will be attached "market rate units" and 48 will be attached affordable units.

The City’s inclusionary housing requirement, as set forth in Section 20.20.030 of the City’s Municipal Code, requires that 24 units be made available to families with very low, low, and moderate incomes. Mill District proposes to construct an additional 24 units beyond what is required by the City’s inclusionary housing ordinance. Built in partnership with Eden Housing, based in Hayward, CA and designed by Pyatok Architects, based in Oakland, CA,these affordable units will be for rent to very low and/or low income households.

The inclusionary homes will be integrated within the overall Project, sharing connectivity, design, and access to open areas. For additional information on our affordable housing plan, click here.

Will there be enough parking to accommodate residents, hotel guests, and visitors?

Mill District will provide, in total, 432 parking stalls, including 58 on-street parking stalls. On-street parking will utilize shared parking strategies in compliance with the Land Use Code and as recommended by the Central Healdsburg Avenue Plan. As per Land Use Code 20.16.150, a shared parking analysis was completed by a registered traffic engineer to determine the number of parking stalls required at peak demand by the multiple on-site uses. The study determined that the mixed use project generates a weekend peak demand of 412 parking stalls.

  • Underground and podium parking will address the majority of Mill District's requirement. Multi-family residential units will wrap the exterior of the podium parking structures, hiding the car from view.
  • Off-street parking will be utilized on all streets and residences will feature internalized structured parking.
  • Off-street parking for the inclusionary housing will be provided by surface spaces.
  • The use of off-street parking surface lots will be minimized, promoting pedestrian walkability and reducing visual clutter and impact.
  • On-street diagonal parking, subject to approval by the City Engineer, will be located along Healdsburg Avenue.
  • Two new city streets, within Mill District, will have parallel and ninety-degree parking.
  • Hotel parking and hotel support services will be accessed by a ramp at the east end of the building and provided at basement level using a stacked parking system and loading docks respectively.
  • On-street parking for guests and commercial users will be provided adjacent to the park in addition to reserved on-site parking for residents and guests.

For additional information on our parking plan, click here: link to parking plan.

How is Mill District incorporating alternative modes of transportation?

Mill District will provide and promote significant alternatives to private automobile use: bus access, bike lockers and racks in easily accessible areas to the public, the Foss Creek Multi-Use path, dedicated car share spaces, and pedestrian connections to SMART via a crosswalk (to be constructed by the City of Healdsburg).

Through intentional design principles, Mill District will be a pedestrian oriented neighborhood, with driving and parking in the City’s "downtown area" discouraged. Electric Vehicle (EV) parking will be provided and strategically placed to prioritize and promote use of these vehicles. Bicycle racks will be designed into the overall landscape and have a priority placement in Mill District. In addition, Mill District will be adjacent to many forms of transportation and promote alternative transportation, including bicycles and car share programs. According to the Mill District parking analysis prepared by W-Trans, peak parking demand can be reduced by as much as 5% (or 21 stalls) if car share vehicles are provided at Mill District and made available to the entire community. Mill District will designate two spaces for car share vehicles.

Mill District’s network of pedestrian sidewalks and walkways will connect to public transit (via the Foss Creek Pathway) and open space amenities. Mill District will also dedicate land as an easement for the future construction of a pedestrian safe access to the SMART property.

Will Mill District welcome the public?

Yes. Mill District will include:

  • 1.01-acre Park featuring a passive-use lawn area back dropped by a grove of heritage Redwood trees, meandering pedestrian walkways and benches fabricated from wood milled by the former occupant, Nu Forest Products. Mill District will be preserving trees on site with particular attention to 15 mature redwood trees protected in a publicly accessible open space.
  • An Adventure Play Area featuring natural boulders and free-form play and climbing / bouldering.
  • The Tavern Terrace, a commercial / retail space with an open-air terrace and green with westward orientation.
  • A Gardener’s Shed & Community Garden displaying seasonal herbs and vegetables, as well as a structure for storage of gardening equipment.

Mill District proposes a hotel of 53 guest rooms, 5,443 square feet of lobby and public space. The Hotel Plaza area located on both sides of Mill Circle will support the commercial, retail and hospitality functions of a mixed used development. Uses within the plaza will include pedestrian circulation, public gathering and seating, outdoor dining and patio areas, minor retail display, artwork display, hotel guest drop-off and valet, service access, and landscaped areas.

Mill District also proposes 8,500 square feet of commercial space that will be leased to individual tenants. Preference will be given to local businesses within the City, including approximately 1,500 square feet of space with an opportunity for subsidized rental expenses for a local business.

Who will own the Open Space Park?

Mill District’s open space amenities will be privately owned common areas and managed by a Master Home Owners Association (HOA). Public access will be provided consistent with conditions of approval outlined by the City.

How long will it take to build Mill District?

Mill District will be developed in four or more phases, with each phase being brought to the planning commission for a major design review approval reflecting intended design and density. The market-rate residential development will also be subject to the Growth Management Policies and Procedures in place at the time of each major design review application.

Who are the architects of Mill District?

Mill District will feature the highest level of design with three nationally and internationally recognized design firms: Olson Kundig Architects of Seattle, SB Architects of San Francisco, and Vita Planning & Landscape Architecture of San Rafael. By including more than one design firm, Mill District benefits from the synergies of a team of people and more similar to the way a town is constructed over time rather than the development of a single ‘project’.

Is Mill District a gated community?

No. Healdsburg residents and visitors will be encouraged to visit and make use of all public open space, businesses, bike share, and pedestrian sidewalks throughout Mill District.

Are the pool and workout facility at Mill District private?

Yes. The pool and workout facility will be provided for Mill District residents and hotel guests.

Will there be a hotel?

Mill District proposes a hotel of 53 guest rooms, 5,500 square feet of lobby and public space, and 8,500 square feet of commercial space that will be leased to individual tenants. The hotel, retail, and other commercial uses would be primarily located at the northern apex of the Project Site, in closest proximity to the southern reach of the downtown core, at front of the new roundabout and complimentary to the wider downtown core.

Hotel parking and hotel support services would be accessed by a ramp at the east end of the building and provided at basement level using a stacked parking system and loading docks respectively.

The architecture of the hotel complex and courtyard will respect the former industrial character of the Nu Forest Products Lumber Mill site. It would combine contemporary forms and building systems with industrial finishes and elements such as exposed industrial light steel, post-and-beam construction, and rough-sawn finishes. A dust collector and other components repurposed from the mill would add to the design and articulate an architecture that is rooted in the past, as well as clearly revitalized and looking forward. Large interior spaces with window walls would open up to outdoor pedestrian plazas and facilitate flexible use of the more public spaces.

The hotel would provide additional hotel rooms for visitors, as well as provide corresponding Transient Occupancy Tax.

What is the economic impact of Mill District?

Mill District’s goal is to become part of the local economy by leasing space to local businesses. This local variety of commercial establishments is part of the attraction of Healdsburg and Mill District intends to make this central to the selection of businesses which occupy the commercial spaces. Mill District will encourage a variety of local commercial users and thereby employ locally as much as possible.

Mill District’s proposed hotel would contribute directly via Transient Occupancy Taxes ("TOT") to the City’s economy. Additionally, with a significant number of new residents, property tax revenue will contribute to all the recipients of property and sales tax. In addition, the new residents will bring with them individual contributions to the community in terms of additional sales tax revenue and will bring individual benefits to the community.

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