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Officials commemorate new Danville Hotel Town Center with ribbon-cutting

Town, developer, Chamber of Commerce representatives on hand for event

Danville officials joined developers and community members in ushering in a new era in downtown Monday evening with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new Danville Hotel Town Center.

Private developer Castle Companies constructed the town's newest downtown destination by replacing rundown buildings near the historic Danville Hotel with modern restaurant space, storefronts and second-floor residential units at the corner of Hartz and West Prospect avenues.

"We are excited to have this new retail and restaurant presence in the heart of our downtown to serve the needs of our residents, attract visitors and support our current retailers and downtown businesses," Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said in a statement Tuesday.

The project also involved renovating and preserving the hotel and McCauley House, both of which date back to the 1890s. The two buildings were officially declared town heritage resources by the Town Council in October.

"Preservation of the historic McCauley House and Danville Hotel underscore the importance of retaining our community heritage, while the new buildings present pleasing, pedestrian-friendly facades along Hartz Avenue, Prospect Avenue and Railroad Avenue," Calabrigo added.

Some stores are already operating in new Danville Hotel Town Center retail spaces while other spots haven't yet opened for business. The status of the 16 residential units upstairs wasn't immediately clear, but the ribbon-cutting included tours of some of the living spaces.

"The completion of the Danville Hotel project has brought an added excitement to the community. The project offers a unique mix of residential and commercial space, bringing modern urban living to the heart of historic downtown Danville," said Shelley Despotakis, president of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Despotakis said she thinks all downtown merchants and restaurants will "benefit from the added foot traffic and shoppers that the Danville Hotel project is creating."

Representatives from Castle Companies were on hand for the ribbon-cutting, but they did not respond to requests for comment as of Tuesday night.

"Dedication of the Danville Hotel project caps a process that was over a decade in the making," Calabrigo said. "This process saw several design iterations before arriving at the ultimate solution, which was extensively vetted, had to meet the town's rigorous planning, design and historic preservation standards, and finally, weather a significant economic downturn."

Construction on the project began with demolition at the site in January 2014. The removed structures -- dubbed the Wild West buildings -- dated back to the 1950s, but they deteriorated and became rundown over recent years.

The developers replaced nearly 14,400 square feet of previous retail, office and restaurant space with more than 34,500 square feet of new restaurant locations, storefront spots and residential units.

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31 people like this
Posted by Deb
a resident of Danville
on Dec 2, 2015 at 7:36 am

That building is a monster in little (use to be) quaint Danville! I get claustrophobic every time I go anywhere near that area of town. Where's everyone going to park? Why try and make suburban Danville have an "urban" feel? We can go to Walnut Creek if we want urban. The fact the buildings are mostly empty means the development is not a hit in what was once charming Danville. Shame on all involved in this greedy over use of less then one block of land. Any overcrowded monster development in town seems to me the same developer is the one responsible.


35 people like this
Posted by Herman Glates
a resident of Danville
on Dec 2, 2015 at 7:58 am

Herman Glates is a registered user.

You say the project involved renovating and preserving the hotel.

No it didn’t.

You gutted the hotel.

Literally, nothing inside was saved. Not one thing. Not even a freaking nail. Nothing. And on the outside, it looks like you replaced just about every board on the whole gob dam thing.

It looks like someone’s face where the plastic surgery goes wrong. Or a botched boob job. It looks FAKE!!! Like one of those fake vintage Coca Cola signs people buy at Target, designed to look old, but just look fake. It makes me want to barf.

And you surrounded it with these ginormous ugly monster buildings that dwarf the hotel and that look like they belong in a gob dam strip mall in Phoenix.

Why don’t you get it over with already and just change our town’s name to Walnut Creek!


11 people like this
Posted by Judie
a resident of Danville
on Dec 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

As someone who has lived in Danville since 1972, "yes", it's true... our safe, secure, quaint little Danville is long gone. But, the new buildings sure do look a lot better than the mess that sat there for way too many years!


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Posted by Susan Meyer
a resident of Danville
on Dec 2, 2015 at 11:06 am

What struck me the most while reading this article is how happy it sounded about ruining something that was good. How can cement buildings and "modern restaurant space, storefronts and second-floor residential units" enrich a small, lovely downtown. A new era? No, greedy developers have been ruining things for a long time. Nothing new about that.


17 people like this
Posted by Not Fooled
a resident of Danville
on Dec 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm

The "Wild West" buildings were cool and small-scale. Once the final developer bought them, they were left to rot. That's a common tactic when a developer wants to get permits to build a monstrosity---let the existing buildings rot so the public is happy to have anything to replace them. The whole complex is out of scale with the rest of the town, except for the hideous 60's building across from Bev Mo.


9 people like this
Posted by Bev
a resident of Danville
on Dec 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Can't stand to drive by the buildings! Has taken away the charm of Danville. It changes the whole small town feeling that Danville is known for. Feel like I am in walnut creek. So sad.....


2 people like this
Posted by dbrower
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 2, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Faint praise dept: It's not as bad as it seemed like it would be hiding behind the green screens.


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Danville
on Dec 3, 2015 at 7:21 am

The York family (49ers) must be involved here. They have excellent experience at ruining things that were working all to satisfy egos. But the York's get their Super Bowl and our nice town gets a ribbon cutting. Shoot, we could have banded together to get an airplane to fly over downtown Danville, with a message to rebuild with style and charm versus the vomit that seems to exist everywhere these days in downtown areas. It's tough to distinguish ourselves if we are trying to be like everyone else. Just can't wait for a new cleaners or yogurt place to pop up, or maybe a healthy juice place where they take fake trees (AKA {former} "cell tower")and whip up a healthy snack so we all walk around with liquid antennas, albeit with "excellent" cell coverage. Now, if I could only find that darned rooster off Lawrence Road. Danville is still a great place to live...let's keep it that way folks!


2 people like this
Posted by lookout overthere
a resident of Danville
on Dec 3, 2015 at 8:39 am

@Judie: "... it's true... our safe, secure, quaint little Danville is long gone."

How are you unsafe, or insecure in Danville? Actual stats contradict your fears -- have you ever pondered from whence cometh those notions?


7 people like this
Posted by Joe
a resident of Danville
on Dec 3, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Good try. But no.

The buildings are ugly and WAY too big for the space and lack any charm. But wait! More chain retail shops like $10 gift cards! Such fantastic cultural additions to the town of Danville. They could have scaled it down and given the space some charm but as always, they wanted to build it to the curb to maximize rent $.

#FAIL


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Posted by Ann
a resident of Danville
on Dec 4, 2015 at 10:59 am

I agree. This development is oversized. Too late but the City should have bought this and given us a town square between the railroad and Vet's center. The old center appeared dangerous and unsafe 20 years ago. Any who ever walked into the shops in the center.


5 people like this
Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Dec 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm

They should do a wrecking ball ceremony instead of a ribbon-cutting. "Not Fooled" is dead on the money with their comments.

One detail I never saw addressed by anyone, pro or con, was the tiny single story structure (originally a garage perhaps, or buggy parking hut) across the alley to the right of the hotel. It had been used for various businesses - cigar shop, retail jewelry, etc - but it appeared to be at least as old as the actual hotel. Maybe it even pre-dated the hotel, and in fact just might have been the oldest building in our downtown. In the minds of certain historical society folks, maybe it did not possess the requisite structural "uniqueness" to be worth preserving, but it should not have been torn down simply to keep from inconveniencing the developer. The powers that be are going to do whatever they want though, no matter the will of the citizens.
It is hard to believe the Danville planners, council members, or mayor can look at this metastasis with a straight face and say "My, what an accomplishment!"


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Posted by DanvilleMommy
a resident of Danville
on Dec 7, 2015 at 11:18 am

They need to make the intersections on Danville Blvd near the new shopping spaces four way stops. Especially the intersection across from Starbucks! Increasing the "foot traffic" as they say make the intersections that much more dangerous and the crosswalk with lights isn't enough. Please for the sake of safety make these four way stops!!!


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Posted by Julia Pardini
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm

It is absolutely ugly, this is what happens when you give up control. Wake up Danville!

Thanks for listening.

Julia Pardini from Alamo


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Posted by PE
a resident of Danville
on Dec 7, 2015 at 10:43 pm

There is something creepy about the way the new Danville downtown reminds me of---an Agenda 21 project that was just finished with overcrowded small apartment like dwellings and stores crammed together in such a small area. Ug! I agree with Ann that a town square would have been a nice choice.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

It seem so me if this monstrosity is the new trend, It's the beginning of the end for the character of Danville. Something unique about it has been lost.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

It seem so me if this monstrosity is the new trend, It's the beginning of the end for the character of Danville. Something unique about it has been lost.


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