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
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
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