Waterfront District Master Plan and Code - Hercules, California

Waterfront neighborhood
Waterfront neighborhood
Frogpad Park
Frogpad Park
Refugio Creek Neighborhood
Refugio Creek Neighborhood

The Hercules Waterfront District Master Plan is a mixed-use transit oriented development on a 163-acre brownfield site on San Pablo Bay a half-hour north of San Francisco. The City of Hercules general plan directed that the site – the 1880’s historic factory town center of the Hercules Powder Company – would be redeveloped as a series of walkable neighborhoods around a transit-oriented mixed-use district.

In 2000 Sargent Town Planning prepared the master plan and implementing development codes. The plan was adopted later that year by unanimous votes of the Planning Commission and City Council with no speakers in opposition. From 2002 through 2006 - with on-going implementation support and design review services provided by Sargent Town Planning - two single family neighborhoods and a mixed use center were built, sold and occupied.

The mixed-use town center and multi-modal transportation center at the heart of the Waterfront District on the Bay - including a new Amtrak station on the Capitol Corridor line, a ferry terminal connecting to downtown San Francisco, and local and regional bus services - were delayed by the housing market downturn and rail facility permitting and financing processes, but are back on track for construction beginning in 2015/16.

Additional firms contributing to the Waterfront District Town Center planning design include John Reagan Architects, Nelson Nygaard, Opticos Design, Moule & Polyzoides, WRT, KTGY and others.

Project Information

Hercules, California
On-going development
  • The Bixby Company
125 acres

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