On Thursday morning, the City of Union City will celebrate not just a local, but a regional milestone.
After years of planning and development — and fighting an ongoing legal battle with the state — the city will unveil the latest developments in its Station District during a special ribbon cutting ceremony.
From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, city leaders and developers will gather at 34888 11th St. to showcase the newly constructed east plaza, promenade, playground and public art installation.
Anchored by the renovated BART station, the district, serves as a gateway to the greater Bay Area and Silicon Valley. The city envisions the area as a robust, transit-oriented hub with high-density housing, retail and commercial businesses where residents can shop, work, live and play, with regional transportation just a short walk away.
The Station District now boasts the work of world renowned French artist Louis Derbre, whose giant “The Dancers” sculpture adorn the fountain in the new east plaza of the district. The east plaza is located adjacent to the BART station.
It also features a playground with a 35-foot high play pyramid. According to the City of Union City, the play pyramid is the first of its kind in the U.S., and one of two in the world.
Also being highlighted Thursday are the 157 affordable rental apartments developed by MidPen Housing along 11th Street. The development features a computer lab, community garden, fitness center and children’s play area.
The Station District also encompasses the community along 11th Street and the Avalon Bay Apartments. The city estimates the region generates approximately $3 million a year in property tax and will generate $5.2 million a year once the full build-out is complete.
The community is invited to attend Thursday’s event. Click here to RSVP for the event and to receive additional information.