The Hearn Community Hub Project - Community Engagement Phase

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Consultation has concluded

For 2023 project information, visit the Hearn Community Hub Multicultural Center project on the City's website.

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The purpose of the Hearn Community Complex Project (Project)Community Engagement Phase is to reach out to the community to obtain input and to encourage public participation as we reimagine the possibilities of the Hearn Community Complex multi-use site. This phase of the Project will include a community needs assessment and engagement with community partners, public agencies, youth, and families to brainstorm and prioritize innovative and effective community investments that support positive, sustainable, and culturally relevant changes in the southwest Santa Rosa community. The Project will be led by staff from the City Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with the Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa Fire Department, Transportation and Public Works and Recreation and Parks.

Upon completion of the community needs assessment and engagement process, City staff will compile the input and data received for presentation to the City Council on possible uses at the site including a library, a multicultural community center, an aquatic center, and a community or neighborhood park. Additionally, there will be opportunities to provide community-led input on programs, services and resources needed to support the community.

How You Can Participate

In addition to participating in this interactive Project website, there are several in-person opportunities beginning August 20, 2022. Please view the Project Updates below for event and meeting fliers, as well as the Timeline on the right.

If you would like to participate in-person, please take a few moments to provide us with your contact information using the “Sign-Up to Participate” tool below. You can also ask City staff questions regarding this Project using the Q&A tool below.


Project Background

On January 12, 2022, the Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a six-acre site for the Hearn Avenue Complex. The addresses are 976, 980 and 1004 Hearn Avenue. They are on the south side of the intersection of Hearn Avenue and Dutton Avenue. The purchase of this property allows the City to move forward on plans for the future extension of Dutton Avenue and the Colgan Creek Multi-Use Path, and for multiple public uses, including but not limited to a fire station, a public library, a multicultural community center, a public pool and recreation center, and/or a neighborhood park. The property was selected in part due to its proximity to neighborhood schools and projected residential growth in the area. It will also provide flexibility to the participating organizations to grow and thrive with the community.

For 2023 project information, visit the Hearn Community Hub Multicultural Center project on the City's website.

_______________________________________________________________________

The purpose of the Hearn Community Complex Project (Project)Community Engagement Phase is to reach out to the community to obtain input and to encourage public participation as we reimagine the possibilities of the Hearn Community Complex multi-use site. This phase of the Project will include a community needs assessment and engagement with community partners, public agencies, youth, and families to brainstorm and prioritize innovative and effective community investments that support positive, sustainable, and culturally relevant changes in the southwest Santa Rosa community. The Project will be led by staff from the City Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with the Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa Fire Department, Transportation and Public Works and Recreation and Parks.

Upon completion of the community needs assessment and engagement process, City staff will compile the input and data received for presentation to the City Council on possible uses at the site including a library, a multicultural community center, an aquatic center, and a community or neighborhood park. Additionally, there will be opportunities to provide community-led input on programs, services and resources needed to support the community.

How You Can Participate

In addition to participating in this interactive Project website, there are several in-person opportunities beginning August 20, 2022. Please view the Project Updates below for event and meeting fliers, as well as the Timeline on the right.

If you would like to participate in-person, please take a few moments to provide us with your contact information using the “Sign-Up to Participate” tool below. You can also ask City staff questions regarding this Project using the Q&A tool below.


Project Background

On January 12, 2022, the Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a six-acre site for the Hearn Avenue Complex. The addresses are 976, 980 and 1004 Hearn Avenue. They are on the south side of the intersection of Hearn Avenue and Dutton Avenue. The purchase of this property allows the City to move forward on plans for the future extension of Dutton Avenue and the Colgan Creek Multi-Use Path, and for multiple public uses, including but not limited to a fire station, a public library, a multicultural community center, a public pool and recreation center, and/or a neighborhood park. The property was selected in part due to its proximity to neighborhood schools and projected residential growth in the area. It will also provide flexibility to the participating organizations to grow and thrive with the community.

Consultation has concluded

Have a question regarding the Hearn Community Hub Project? Ask here! 

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    The project is located in the Bellevue Union School District and a half mile from the Meadow View School on Dutton Meadow. The district has bus stops on Hearn and Dutton as well as over 400 students who come to school every day via Dutton Meadow and Hearn Ave. Hopefully the school district will brought into the conversation.

    Mary H asked over 1 year ago

    Hello Mary,

    We are actively working with the Bellevue School District to secure a meeting site(s) for future project meetings. Once those locations are confirmed, we will send out dates, times and location information. In addition, the current meeting information is being shared with the district to distribute to their students and families.

    Thank you,
    The Community Engagement Team

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    I want a welcoming space for residents from marginalized groups. How will you reach residents who are youth, houseless, neurodivergent, or not tech-savvy?

    KLQ asked over 1 year ago

    Hello thank you for providing your input. We are working with local English and Spanish radio stations to run adds to inform the community of the Hearn Community Hub project. We are actively engaging local school district to host a series of community conversations. We will make sure to add your comment into the input we collect.

     -The Community Engagement Team

     

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    How will the planning integrate the full scope of the Hern Hub? That is: Library, Community Center, Fire Station and surrounding 6 acres not covered in these buildings?

    Pat K asked over 1 year ago

    Hello Pat, 

    Following the community outreach phase, the City will utilize a competitive process to contract for a licensed professional design team to design the Hearn Community Hub based on community input, building codes, California Environmental Quality Act and more.  The design will incorporate all aspects required to develop the project including the building(s), parking, landscaping, Dutton Avenue extension, sidewalks, bicycle routes and more.

    Thank you,
    The Community Engagement Team

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    Is the Project really consider community input? Residents in the area are opposed to this project and find it pointless to express their concerns. A concern of mine has been asked on this forum concerning traffic and the congested Hearn Ave unrelated to the “construction phasing” that will take place. Our worry is that traffic would increase for the residents already struggling with this road, imagine a pile up on all green lights, that’s a daily issue for us. This is going further complicate our congested Ave once this project is complete. The concern isn’t addressed with the construction phasing response. What can the city do besides “ address it”? Can the city provide a solution?

    Hearn Ave Resident asked over 1 year ago

    Hello Hearn Ave Resident. 

    This complex will be designed and planned with the other projects in the area related to your noted area of concern. One of these projects includes the Hearn Ave interchange expecting to start construction in October 2023. Here is an update from the Hearn Ave interchange project related to your inquiry here:

     

    The existing Hearn Avenue interchange is unable to accommodate current and future traffic volumes, resulting in congestion on Hearn Avenue and in particular on the southbound off-ramp from US 101. The Project has several purpose: 1) Improve local traffic circulation and regional traffic operations; 2) Improve multi-modal access, connectivity, and operations; and 3) Improve overall safety of the facility.

     

    Project construction is discussed within the Initial Study with Negative Declaration/ FONSI . “During construction, disruptions to vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian access would be minimized through the use of construction phasing.” “Lane closures would be done during off-peak hours to minimize traffic effects. The closures could result in short-term, temporary impacts to bicycle, pedestrian, public transit, and automobile transportation during project construction.”  “Briefing local public officials and developing a public information program to notify the public of project progress and upcoming closures and detours. “

     

    In regards to environmental impacts, we could first direct the Public to our Project website.  

     

    The Project is nearly completed with the final design.  However, funding for $32 M must be secured before breaking construction in October2023.

     

    The users of this new complex are expected to be the adjacent community members and therefore traffic impacts are not expected at the Hearn Avenue intersection with HWY 101; traffic would be expected to be more local to the project site. We appreciate and have noted your concern of traffic for the project and will evaluate as we move to the next steps. 

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    where/how can we submit written suggestions for the Hearn Hub?

    Pat K asked over 1 year ago

    Hello Pat,

    You can leave your ideas and suggestions on a virtual post it note located here: Virtual Post It Board

    Thank you,

    The Community Engagement Team

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    I hope the neighboring schools are being asked to engage and to participate in the planning process and taken into account as a project of this magnitude will impact families.

    mhart asked over 1 year ago

    Hello thank you for your input. Yes we are actively engaging the schools around the project site. 

    Thank you,
    The Community Engagement Team

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    We would love a pool in Roseland. Is this part of the Hearn Ave Project plan?

    Lisa M. asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for your suggestion. We will make sure to add it into the input we collect.

    - The Community Engagement Team

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    What about South West Park that is already there, that land should be put to good use and move the tent off. Thank you

    Belmira1966 asked almost 2 years ago

    Hello Belmira,

    Thank you for your feedback. We will make sure to add your suggestion into the input we collect.

    - The Community Engagement Team 

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    if your going to do all this could we consider a small area for dog run

    lzf asked almost 2 years ago

    Hello Izf,

    Thank you for your question. We will make sure to add your suggestion into the input we collect. 

    - The Community Engagement Team

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    Has anyone else noticed that since the city bought the properties and boarded up the windows, at least one window covering on the house at 976 has been torn off and it has not been replaced. The house at 980 now has graffiti on the front and it looks really ugly. The dry grass around all of the houses and the field behind them is really tall and is a dangerous fire hazard. When is the City going to deal with these problems?

    Thomas asked almost 2 years ago

    Hello Thomas,

    Thank you for reporting these issues, the information has been reported to Departments responsible for maintenance and the issues will be addressed. 

    - The Community Engagement Team