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Mill District Development

Healdsburg, California

Mill District Development

Healdsburg, California

  • Design Principal

    Kirsten Ring Murray

Mill District, a new mixed-use neighborhood development in California’s Sonoma Valley, combines housing, retail, a hotel and a publicly accessible park. Drawing on the history and character of Healdsburg, the new community master plan and design concepts reflect the structure of the town with mid-rise flats and townhouses interwoven with courtyards and green spaces.

Healdsburg is a diverse community whose residents vary in age, income, and occupation. The Mill District development will enhance the economic and social diversity of the community by providing much needed affordable housing. A variety of forty inclusionary housing units will be integrated throughout the 9.6-acre development with the hopes of promoting both equity and diversity within this new community.

Located two blocks from the historic town square, the Mill District neighborhood will be characterized by a strong sense of nature, place and community that are unique to Healdsburg. Through scale, modulation and material choices, the Mill District neighborhood will reflect the light industrial history of Healdsburg, as well as its lumber mill past. New buildings will honor Healdsburg’s agricultural roots and industrial history, while complementing the progressive architectural language established downtown.

Throughout the community, architecture is designed to be flexible to suit the mild climate and the town’s social nature. Courtyards, community gardens, old-growth Redwoods and a public park weave between built elements, helping integrate architecture with the natural environment. Pedestrian pathways connect the open space and natural play area with public courtyards and commercial sites.

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