The Mills Station District is envisioned to be a flexible gathering place to discover, relax and connect. A place where businesses, residents and visitors can be inspired by local cuisine and art, enjoy recreational facilities, and host meetings, events and celebrations.
Catalyst for Local Business
A place to connect and linger, pedestrian-scaled, walkable streets, smaller retail storefronts to encourage local business, dynamic public space.
Support Community Health, Wellness and Fun
Go-to spot for a picnic or after school hangout, connects to nature and highlights Rancho Cordova natural resources, connects to community partners, urban farming and recreation, potential anchors like natural science museum/library.
Destination for Arts and Culture
Cultural gathering place, backdrop to a public square, exhibition/creation/education, dense/diverse context, museums or performing arts theatre alongside a facility for local artists.
Community hub, inclusive for all ages, potential anchors like convention/community center, veterans center, or youth center.
Through three visioning sessions, the City Council identified the following priority elements for the site. Developers are encouraged to pursue a combination of these elements (not all have to be included).
Cultural – Performing Arts, Art Exhibition Space, Museums, Nature Center, Library
Recreational – Basketball Courts, Playground, Flexible Meeting Space, Craft/Maker Space, Classroom Kitchen
Commercial and Residential – Café, Restaurants, Local Vendor Market, Food-Truck Lot, Conference Center, Mixed-Income Multifamily Residential
Community Serving –Teen Activity Center, Counseling/Mental Health Services, Classroom/Study Rooms, Pre-School/Day care
More detailed background information is available here.
Projects that contain components of the City’s vision include: