The Commons Lane
Thank You, Calabasas, for Sharing Your Views About The Commons – Past, Present, and Future
We are grateful to everyone who spoke with us over coffees and lunches, at workshops and visioning sessions, by phone and Zoom, and who participated in various surveys.
An invitation sent to Calabasas residences for a series of December ’22 Visioning Sessions
We asked questions like: What makes Calabasas unique to you? Why do you choose to live or do business in Calabasas? And what role does The Commons play in your life? We talked about what was going well, what could be improved, and how The Commons could better serve the community in the future.
Here’s what we heard:
The Commons is Deeply Valued in Calabasas
The Commons is considered the town center. A great place to enjoy a great meal with friends, or to celebrate special moments like graduations, birthdays, and anniversaries, or just run errands and grab a cup of coffee.
The Time is Right for Changes and Improvements
Residents agreed that the world has changed over the past 25 years, and The Commons must evolve to ensure it stays vibrant. Ideas included more restaurants with a wider variety of cuisines, stores and restaurants, and more activities for people of all ages.
the way we consume entertainment has changed
Calabasas residents recognize that the entertainment industry has been transformed by the rise of in-home entertainment streaming. Keeping The Commons vibrant for the future requires introducing new uses for the existing theater space.
elegant Housing Done “The Right Way” Can Meet Important Needs
We met residents of all ages interested in living at The Commons, including recent college graduates, young families, and seniors looking to downsize and remain in the community. Apartment homes should be elegant and luxurious – a true alternative to single family homes.
More Open Space Would Be Welcomed
More green space for relaxing, reading, or enjoying movies in the park would be a welcome addition to The Commons. We heard about ideas for pop-up events like live entertainment, wine tastings, and holiday traditions. More walking areas with lush landscaping would also be a beautiful addition.
Convenient Parking is Important
Continued access to plenty of free, convenient surface parking close to stores and restaurants is essential.