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Public Encouraged to Provide Comments on Fisherman’s Wharf Proposals

Channel Islands Harbor residents and visitors interested in providing comments regarding three proposals to develop Fisherman’s Wharf can do so by taking an online survey. The deadline to provide comments is October 3, 2022. The Ventura County Harbor Department hosted an in-person, public workshop on September 19, 2022 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. The…

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Workshop to Review Fisherman’s Wharf Development Proposals Scheduled

Please note: Due to high demand, the location of the workshop has been changed twice. The workshop was originally scheduled to be held at the Channel Islands Boating Center, then changed to the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club. The workshop will now be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2022, at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030.

Three proposed projects for the development of Fisherman’s Wharf at Channel Islands Harbor will be on display at a public workshop hosted by the Ventura County Harbor Department.

The workshop will now be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2022, at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, located at 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030. Online registration for the event can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fishermans-wharf-public-workshop-tickets-415615666647 Pre-registration is for planning purposes and is not a requirement for attendance.

If you can’t make it to the workshop, you can watch a livestream of the workshop on the Harbor Department’s YouTube channel here: Channel Islands Harbor – YouTube

The public workshop is being held following a Request for Proposals (RFP) period that closed July 7th, 2022. The Harbor Department received four RFPs from developers. Three of the proposals were recommended by a Harbor Advisory Committee to move forward to the public workshop portion of the process. The proposals for Fisherman’s Wharf include:

  • A market-anchored lifestyle retail center. The proposal includes a specialty grocery store, retail, restaurants, playground, water feature, and amphitheater.
  • A mixed-land use project, including commercial, retail, and housing. The proposal includes a tenant mix offering a variety of new dining, entertainment and shopping experiences, a boutique hotel, activated community spaces, and apartments.
  • A visitor-serving strawberry-themed village. The village would offer free entry to shops, restaurants, rides, and activities that celebrate the strawberry.

Representatives from each proposed development will be available to display their proposal and answer any questions attendees might have.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the developers meet the community face-to-face and listen to feedback and ideas,” said Michael Tripp, Harbor Department Director. “Being at this stage of the process means we are getting one step closer to making real progress at Fisherman’s Wharf.”

Director Tripp said following the workshop, the developers will have an opportunity to consider recommendations from the public, Harbor Department, and Harbor Advisory Committee to make modifications to the project with the input received.

Once the revised proposals are received, the Harbor Department may recommend to the Board of Supervisors to enter into an Exclusive Right to Negotiate with a developer.

Editor’s Note: this story was published on Sept. 8, 2022.

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