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Downtown Enhancement Initiatives

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The Walnut Creek City Council has approved the $400,000 Downtown Enhancement Initiative (DEI) funds,

provided as a result of the Broadway Plaza expansion, to improve the vitality of the downtown area.
Walnut Creek Downtown (WCD) will lead nine of the 13 beautification and event projects.

Broadway Plaza Expands

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Broadway Plaza Is Having Some Work Done!

Over the next few years, the 62-year-old shopping center will be making some changes, including the addition of new retail, expanded parking, enhanced pedestrian spaces, and better traffic access. Broadway Plaza is an important resource for the Walnut Creek community, which is why
we are investing to enhance its appeal for local residents, visitors, shoppers and retailers over many
years to come.

With traffic always a high concern for Walnut Creekresidents, improving access and parking is top of the list in terms of priority. And enhanced pedestrianareas will also contribute to something in high-demand: maintaining the charm and appeal of Broadway Plaza.

The convenience and experience of our guests is our highest priority during these upgrades. Stores remain open, plenty of parking will be available, Broadway Plaza Street will remain open, and we’ll have Roving Ambassadors available throughout the property to ensure our guests receive the service they have become accustomed to and deserve.

Learn More about the Project


No More Plastic Bags

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Walnut Creek is proud to join the increasing number of cities throughout the world that are working to improve the environment and reduce waste by banning single- use plastic bags.

The City of Walnut Creek has passed an ordinance to prohibit the distribution of single-use carry out bags in all retailers. Under the ordinance, all grocery and retail stores in Walnut Creek would no longer provide single-use carry out plastic bags. Stores may sell paper bags for a minimum of 10 cents for each bag. Protective plastic or paper bags, without handles, for items such as meat, fresh produce, dry-cleaned clothes and prescription medications will be allowed. Consumers will have the option to bring their own reusable bags or pay for recycled paper bags. The ordinance becomes effective September 18, 2014. The ban of styrofoam containers used in restaurantsfor "to-go" customers will become bannedas of December 18, 2014. Learn More

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