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Ken Rodrigues of Imwalle & Rodrigues shared his inspiration for a 2-building, 4-restaurant venue on 3rd and Monterey. The Imwalle & Rodrigues team was instrumental in the transformation of Campbell’s downtown into a dining destination and is excited to be part of the revitalization of Morgan Hill’s Downtown. Rodrigues showcased the new restaurants for his site: Opa!, Willard Hick’s, Tac-Oh! and Mo’s Burgers. The layout of the two buildings will allow for out- door dining at each of the four restaurants. The site is fenced off, the old liquor store building is gone and construction will start soon with project completion estimated for early 2017. PLACEMAKING AND IMPROVING THE PUBLIC REALM The second panel of the day focused on placemaking and improving the public realm. Chris Ghione, Morgan Hill’s Community Services Director, highlighted for the community two new planned parks and one trail within downtown. The first park located at Depot and 3rd Streets (near the train station) will have a large play structure to support the new residential development occurring in and around downtown. A passive park is planned for the west side of Monterey on 3rd Streets, behind the Ladera Restaurant. And a trail up to the Nob Hill water tower will offer people more hiking opportunities. A fun feature planned for the Hilltop Trail includes a slide. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN Gordon Huether, the artist responsible for the Poppy Jasper and Tarantula art installations at the 3rd Street Parking Garage, highlighted the role public art plays in communities. Huether noted many different public art installations from his portfolio and described their relationship to their specific communities. Both Poppy Jasper and Tarantulas have a significance in Morgan Hill and the surrounding area and provided the inspiration for the two installations associated with the parking garage. Similarly, the Encompass Art installation at the Community Center marries the mountain range topography surrounding Morgan Hill and the communities cycling interest. Michael Mulcahy, a key property owner in the Willow Glen Business District, spoke about the various efforts over the years to make Willow Glen a fun, active and attractive place to visit. Downtown Willow Glen has many similarities to Downtown Morgan Hill, including: roadway improvements, low vacancy/ high rents, and a lack of retail users relative to dining options. Mulcahy shared his perspective on the need and benefit to slowing down traffic and activating the street with curb cafés, public art, public gateways and open space. Tim Rood with Community Design and Architect is developing a station area masterplan for the City of Morgan Hill. Rood discussed how Morgan Hill is connected through transit, walking, biking and vehicle travel. As part of the station area masterplan, the community was invited to provide feed- back on parking, mixed uses, walking and biking. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 19