Martinez City News
Feb 09, 2018 10:12AM
● By Elena Hutslar
The 2018 Baseball Parade will be held on Saturday, March 3, at 10am on Main Street. Plans are underway to make the day memorable for hundreds of athletes. The parade will feature the Martinez Baseball and Softball Association and the Martinez Baseball Club. Al Boyce will be the master of ceremonies.
Main Street Martinez in Top Ten!
Martinez has been selected as a top-10 finalist for season three of the Small Business Revolution–Main Street series, created by Deluxe Corporation. After considering thousands of downtowns across the country, Deluxe Corporation chose Martinez as one of the 10 communities that will compete for a chance to win $500,000 for downtown revitalization. Deluxe created the Small Business Revolution–Main Street to help those small businesses and small towns reignite the spark that drives them and keeps people coming back.
Downtown Martinez’ unique history, architecture, and push for economic development and revitalization could bolster a win. On January 6, the Small Business Revolution team visited Martinez and brought a crew of experts to learn more about the town and its small businesses and how they would benefit from a Main Street revitalization. The crew went on to visit the other competing downtowns throughout January. During this phase, communities were asked to rally and get active on social media by sharing photos, stories, and anecdotes about what they love about Downtown Martinez on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In mid-February, the team will narrow the list to five finalists that will be up for a week-long public vote to see which town will be featured in season three. The winner will be announced in late February. Should Martinez win, small businesses will be invited to apply to be featured on the show. Filming for the series will span March-June 2018. You can see the series (seasons one and two) and learn about the competing cities by visiting: www.deluxe.com/small-business-revolution/main-street/season-three/. Stay up to day by visiting the City of Martinez Facebook page.
Intermodal Facility – Phase 3
On January 5, the City of Martinez had its final groundbreaking ceremony for the initiation of the last phase of the multi-phase, multi-million-dollar Intermodal Facility project that has spanned over 20 years.
In 1994, the City of Martinez moved forward with the property acquisition of the old railroad yard south of the tracks. Three years later, the parking lot was constructed along with enhancements to Alhambra Creek, replacement of the railroad bridge, and the addition of two northerly tracks. In 2002, the Amtrak Station building and platforms were completed and opened to the public. The city then acquired the Zocchi property in 2008, which is the parking lot north of where the tracks now exist, for the implementation of Phase 3. The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) Measure J sales tax revenues fund this last phase of project.
The project is located north of the Amtrak Station and includes a 110-foot long prefabricated steel bridge to be installed over the Union Pacific (UPRR) tracks, a paved trail along the west, south, and east perimeters of the site, along with a 30-foot long prefabricated pedestrian bridge near Ferry Street and the UPRR tracks. The project also includes a new entrance road at the Ferry Street/Joe DiMaggio Drive intersection that connects to the easterly side of the recently constructed parking lot. Other features will include an elevator, wetland mitigation, landscaping, and street and parking lot lighting.
The work will be substantially complete by December 2018. Once the structural supports are constructed, the placement of the 110-foot long prefabricated pedestrian bridge crossing the railroad tracks will occur between midnight and 5am on a Sunday morning (date still to be determined). The city awarded the construction contract to Gordon N. Ball, Inc. with a total bid amount of $6,150,676.00.
I (heart) Downtown Martinez Wine & Chocolate Stroll
On Saturday, February 10, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm, spend a relaxing afternoon strolling from business to business in downtown Martinez. Stop in participating stores and restaurants to sample delicious wines and chocolate treats. Redeem your advance purchase ticket for a wine tasting glass, wine glass charm, map, and passport at Main Street Plaza, 600 Block, next to Starbucks. Visit www.mainstreetmartinez.com for tickets.