Downtown and City Center

It’s rare to be able to build an entire downtown from the ground up, and even more so in a region like the Bay Area. But that is exactly what is happening in Downtown Fremont, a new community on the rise.

Bordered by Mowry Avenue to the north, Walnut Avenue to the south, Paseo Padre Parkway to the east, and Fremont Boulevard to the west, Downtown is a 110-acre area envisioned to serve as a central gathering point for the entire Fremont community and beyond and a place for residents to live, work, and play. The Downtown Community Plan published in 2018 provides the framework and vision for the Downtown District, and is also encompassed by the broader 430-acre City Center Community Plan area.

Downtown Fremont benefits from its close proximity to the Fremont BART station, as well as being straddled by the Fremont Hub, Gateway Plaza, and Fremont Plaza shopping centers.

The City has already made substantial investment in creating a walkable urban street grid with pedestrian linkages to the nearby BART station. With 15,000 residents and 50,000 employees within a one-mile radius; Kaiser, Washington, and Sutter hospitals; and retailers like Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Trader Joe’s within walking distance, many of the elements of a complete Downtown community are already in place.

Fremont’s Downtown District is poised to become a vibrant urban mixed-use district.

Downtown Event Center and Plaza

To further prepare for Fremont’s new, vibrant Downtown core, we’ve completed demolition of the former Town Fair Shopping Center buildings to make space for the Downtown Event Center and Plaza.

Anchoring the corner of Capitol Avenue and State Street—downtown’s heart—the Downtown Event Center and Plaza will become the center of community activity and serve as a new destination for traditional community center functions such as community meetings, receptions, local business events, and economic development conferences. The Downtown Event Center will feature a grass space at the center of the site and provide unique flexibility for programming of community events and activities, including active games/sports, food trucks, concerts, maker fairs, markets, and more.

And keeping with Fremont’s commitment to sustainability, the Downtown Event Center will be the City’s first all-electric building with zero dependence on fossil fuels. It will feature roof-mounted solar panels, deep roof overhangs, drought-tolerant plant landscaping, and sunshades to reduce glare and protect the building from heat gain.

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