By Ben Easton,
Davis is still witnessing the development of its newest neighborhood in the former Hunt-Wesson tomato cannery site. The new neighborhood appeals to families, students and businesses alike with its many features and housing options.
The Cannery, California’s first farm-to-table new-home community, will include features such as restaurants, shopping plazas, office buildings, bike paths, parks and even an urban farm.
“We have a seven-and-a-half acre working farm. It’s being maintained by the Center for Land-Based Learning based out of Winters, California,” Cannery Representative Adrian Johnson said.
The farm will offer gardening classes just north of the Welcome Center, and will also provide fresh seasonal produce to all Davis citizens at the Market Hall, located in the Town Center.
“We’ll have restaurants and retail in [the Town Center and Commerce District],” Johnson said. “The intent is that the restaurants will buy produce from the farm and feature it on their menu.”
The Town Center and Commerce district will also have office buildings.
“We’re also going to have live-work-loft areas so they’ll have their business on the first floor and reside on the second floor,” Johnson said. Ground will not be broken for this section of The Cannery for at least another year.
The Cannery will also boast a large public park system, which will be maintained by the City of Davis. Nearly one-third of the Cannery will be dedicated to parks and open space, which will be accessible to the whole Davis community. Every home will be within 300 feet of a park or open space.
In the center of the entire neighborhood will be the Cannery Park, which will include a practice field, bocce ball courts and outdoor exercise equipment.
“We’ll have a shade tower over that equipment, because we all know it gets hot here, and on top of that tower we’re going to take advantage of that heat with solar panels which will cover all of our electrical needs for the parks,” Johnson said.
Around the entire perimeter of the neighborhood will be a 1.5-mile walk and bike trail with benches and landscaping along the side.
Just west of the Town Center and Commerce District will be a basketball court and dog park. A 5,000-square foot outdoor amphitheater will also serve as a spot for fairs, gatherings, concerts and performances.
Cannery residents and their guests will also have access to a private area just north of the Cannery Park. The private area will have an outdoor 25-yard master pool, spa, showers, lounge and barbecue areas. The indoor area, known as the Ranch House, will include a full kitchen, pool table and shuffleboard.
The Cannery will also attract a large variety of potential residents with its six different housing neighborhoods.
Houses range from 1,400 square feet to 3,700 square feet. All houses will include a 1.5 kilowatt solar system. Both apartments and individual houses will be available for sale, and 14 model houses are now open daily to visitors.