Castro Pedestrian Mall Feasibility Study


The Castro Pedestrian Mall Feasibility Study is developing and analyzing high level concept alternatives for potentially creating a pedestrian mall or public plaza on the 100 Block of Castro Street between Evelyn Avenue and Villa Street.

The project was initiated in February 2020, however was soon put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  City staff and consultant resources shifted focus to work on temporary closure of Castro Street to support the recovery of businesses, called Castro StrEATs program.

Feasibility Study draft report provides background on the context and history of Castro Street, presents the existing conditions and details the development of the high level concept alternatives. Click here for the report.  Based on review of existing conditions, three concept alternatives were developed with an urban design perspective to create a pedestrian plaza in the 100 block of Castro Street.  These concepts are built upon the planned closure of the at-grade crossing of Castro Street at the railroad tracks and Central Expressway included in the Transit Center Grade Separation and Access Project (GSAP). 

The three concept alternatives, as shown in the schematic, include:

A: Expand Public Space – Maintains, but narrows, vehicle lanes on Castro between Villa and Evelyn

B: Castro Street Plaza – Creates pedestrian-only space with no vehicular access on Castro between Villa and Evelyn

C: Evelyn Realignment –Realigns Evelyn to create a larger pedestrian plaza compared to Alt. B

A preliminary traffic analysis assessment was conducted for these three concept alternatives. A fact sheet with three concept alternatives and cross-section, project information, traffic study summary can be found here and full report with appendix can be found here.

Outreach and Engagement

Business and public outreach open houses were held on August 12, 2021, and September 7, 2021, respectively. 
An online survey was available for the public to provide feedback on the concept alternatives and consideration of closure for 200 and 300 blocks.

Staff will present the information gathered to the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee on September 29, 2021, the Downtown Committee on October 5, 2021, and at the City Council Study Session on October 12, 2021.

The memo going to the B/PAC on September 29, 2021, can be found here.



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