Avila Downtown Centre

Avila Downtown Centre is a re-imagining of Avila Beach, an unincorporated beach community in California's central coast region,  and a demonstration of what community based planning can look like in even the smallest of communities. Starting with an underutilized public parking lot a block away from the Pacific Ocean; the Centre project takes community desire for an upgraded marine research facility, walkable streets, additional housing, etc. and transforms it into mixed use hub designed for contemporary seaside living.

Credit: Justin Frentzel, Priit Kaskla, Julia Cannata

Project Highlights:

- Pedestrian & cyclist tunnel connecting the heart of Avila Beach to the Bob Jones Trail

- New Marine Research Facility/Aquarium upgrading existing facilities in Avila Beach

- Fully outfitted grocery facility for serving residents

- Dedicated gallery space for showcasing local artistry 

- 84,000 SF of mixed use structures, including 30+ residential units

- 300+ parking spaces to mitigate traffic impact