The Commons Lane
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In May 2023, after more than a year and a half of community outreach, we submitted our Plan (“The Commons Lane”) to the City of Calabasas.
The Plan was shaped by many months of meetings with local residents and neighbors who took the time to provide us with invaluable feedback and ideas. The community input that helped craft this Plan will ensure that it becomes a source of pride, fulfilling the needs of Calabasas and ensuring a seamless integration into The Commons.
For more information on where we are at in the process and important next steps, please see the infographic below. We’ll keep this updated so you can follow along on our journey!
You can also reach out to us directly at TheCommonsInfo@Caruso.com.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Community remains at the core of our beliefs, and we understand you might have a few questions — we are here to answer them! Read on to learn more, and please reach out to us directly anytime. We are always here to listen, learn, and collaborate.
Why are enhancements being proposed for The Commons?
This is a great question and the answer is simple: We remain committed to this community and the role The Commons plays as its de facto town center. To ensure The Commons continues to thrive for the next 25 years and beyond, we need to plan for the future. We know that the world has changed since we opened our doors to the community 25 years ago. The way we shop, communicate, and consume entertainment has evolved. Our plan—crafted by months of community input—integrates exciting new opportunities to come together, to live, work, shop, eat and enjoy family and friends, creating a broader mix of uses that will strengthen The Commons for the future.
How was this plan for The Commons created?
At Caruso, we always start by listening. In the beginning of 2022, we made a commitment to meet with as many community members as possible. We reached out to the entire city – to Calabasas residents, civic leaders, business owners, and other stakeholders – to draw on the wisdom of the very people who live and work near The Commons. We’ve held workshops, visioning sessions, one-on-one discussions with community leaders, and conversations with guests.
We asked questions like: What makes Calabasas so unique and precious to you? Why do you choose to live or do business here? And what role does The Commons play in your life? We talked about what we were doing well, what we could do better, and the role The Commons could play to better meet the needs of the community in the future, while protecting and preserving everything it holds dear.
With your help, we created a plan that we are confident reflects the needs and priorities of Calabasas residents, in the spirit and character that makes the community so unique.
What does the plan for The Commons include?
Most of The Commons will remain the same. The Commons Lane will enhance a small portion of the west side of the center. The Plan includes new shops and restaurants with ample space for outdoor dining. This new area will include beautiful, meandering paseos designed to improve the pedestrian experience by allowing a leisurely walk, window shopping, and connecting with friends and neighbors. It also includes beautiful new apartment homes.
What is your vision for the new green space?
The new family-friendly green space is designed to be a perfect place for community gatherings, concerts in the park, children’s events, or simply for connecting with a friend or enjoying a good book. It’s inspired by the community, for the community!
Why is housing being proposed for The Commons?
How many units of housing is Caruso proposing?
Although the City’s General Plan identified The Commons for approximately 200 units, our Plan proposes roughly half of that. In all, we are proposing up to 119 residential units. Most of the beautiful apartment homes will replace the movie theater and some will be located above the shops and restaurants located across the new “main street”.
Does the Plan include affordable housing?
What is the architectural style being used?
Why doesn’t the plan preserve the movie theater?
HOW does THE PLAN consider PARKING?
does the plan protect THE HILLSIDE BEHIND THE COMMONS?
Will the Project include green building elements?
Sustainability is paramount to us and we continue to look at new ways to increase building efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint. For example, we have retrofitted many of our properties, including The Commons, with electric vehicle charging stations. These have been a wonderful amenity for our community and helps to reduce greenhouse gasses. As we move through the process, we will be working with the City and green building experts to ensure the project is sustainable.
When will this open? When does construction start?
The answer is: we don’t know yet, but this is a plan for the future, not tomorrow. First, we have to go through the City review and approval process which includes many levels of technical review and analysis. Once our Plan is approved, we will need to move into design development which is a long and detailed process and we don’t know when we will begin that process yet. We will know more in the days ahead, so please follow along on our journey and reach out anytime for more information.
What other properties has Caruso recently developed?
Over the past couple of years, we have opened two award-winning destinations — Palisades Village in Pacific Palisades, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
Opened in September 2018, Palisades Village quickly established itself as a local destination and neighborhood favorite. The property was shaped through hundreds of conversations and meetings with the community, and the revitalization is designed to respect and honor Pacific Palisades’ history. Situated in Southern California’s sunny and stylish Pacific Palisades, this bespoke walkable village is home to over 40 uniquely curated boutiques, entertainment and fresh-food experiences. We would be happy to provide a tour. Please contact us for more information.
Rosewood Miramar, a Forbes Five-Star Hotel & Spa, is part of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ distinctive collection of luxurious hotels that provide guests and the community with “a sense of place” and a world-class guest experience. The 158 suite and bungalow Miramar Beach™ resort spans 16-manicured acres and conveys an elegant yet casual atmosphere, offering iconic sophistication and refined modernity.