What’s Happening in Downtown Martinez?

January 31, 2015 8:00 am · 9 comments

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Click on the photo above to check out what’s happening this week in beautiful Downtown Martinez!

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Birds Eye January 31, 2015 at 4:19 PM

From Clayton I see that there’s a fire billowing heavy black smoke in the Martinez direction. Does anyone know what’s going on?

puffandstuff January 31, 2015 at 6:45 PM

the city is building lots and lots of residential homes and crowding our great town and schools. that’s what’s happening in martinez!

THE BLACK KNIGHT February 1, 2015 at 4:09 PM

puffandstuff #2,

Where are they building in Martinez? I heard about the 99 homes to be built in Vine Hill at the Pine Meadow Golf Course, but haven’t heard about development anywhere else. It sounds like the Martinez City Council is willing to sell out its citizens just like the Concord City Council is willing to sell out their citizens. I know the Pleasant Hill City Council can’t wait for housing to be built at the old Kmart Shopping Center. That ought to make traffic in that area a little more interesting.

puffandstuff February 2, 2015 at 6:33 AM

@ the black knight… They have built hundreds of homes this past year… On Shell Ave. there is a new HUGE apt. complex… Off of Howe Rd. across from Mt. View Park they have built hundreds of single family homes… City Council has approved of custom homes above Nob Hill area where there is an open space at the moment but not for long and also at the T in Alhambra Valley homes are for sale ( 8 mil and up ) that you can buy now before they build… BTW All of these are in the Martinez school district and our schools are already at the max. It is really sad.

73 MONTE CARLO February 2, 2015 at 8:35 AM

New homes being built in Martinez over the years is one of the reasons Martinez has become a NICER city, while other cities decline.

thx4youropinion February 2, 2015 at 9:07 AM

@#2 — It might encourage our dear city council to concentrate on a few other things to keep our property values on the increase (like keeping street lights lit and installing more). Fortunately, they can’t build anything behind my house. About a 50 foot incline and then it’s almost like a cliff. Besides, it’s owned by our HOA.

The improvements they’ve made downtown and at the Marina are great. It was my intent to move away — I’m staying! Everything that I want to do is so near to this city. There’s no place like home!

@#5 — I agree! 🙂

puffandstuff February 2, 2015 at 5:27 PM

Nicer city? Ha ha you are so funny!! Compared to what? and when? learn your history of Martinez… oh and ask a police officer and a firefighter . Listen and learn.

Of course if property value is all that matters to you then sure it’s a “nicer” city. My house has increased over 100,000 but it’s not because of all the housing the City is building…

73 MONTE CARLO February 2, 2015 at 7:36 PM

Puffandstuff #7

Compared to the 60’s and 70’s when Martinez was bikers, etc. Were you around back then?

Martinez is one of the few cities that have improved while others go downhill. Martinez has a lower crime rate than Concord, WC, PH, etc.

We don’t live in Martinez. We live in WC. I’m just telling it like it is.

Years ago you had downtown Martinez and Vine Hill which are still the trashy areas, especially Vine Hill.

The newer homes have made Martinez a nicer area.

THE BLACK KNIGHT February 2, 2015 at 10:43 PM

I read an old article a while back in which Seeno said home prices go up when builders aren’t permitted to build because the home supply is limited while demand remains high. I have had two people tell me they are excited by the Concord Naval Weapons Station development because they said it will make their homes increase in value. While newer homes can make an area nicer it can also do the opposite when local infrastructure doesn’t keep up with development, traffic, and population, when views are obstructed and lost, and when open space or previously undeveloped land is lost to development. Why would homes increase in value as much when the supply of homes on the market have increased and demand remains the same? Is supply and demand no longer driving the market? Yes, newer homes may have made Martinez a nicer area if you are judging Martinez on just the original downtown area of older homes compared to newer areas.

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