The Village Center neighborhood has a comfortable, informal quality that feels as if it grew in place over time. It derives its character from the materials of the surrounding natural environment and the rich cultural history of the Black Diamond area. It offers cues and references to the past, but does not attempt to re-create it. It is composed of native plants, industrial materials, such as rough concrete and rusting cor-ten steel, and asymmetrical geometries.
The Village Center Plaza is a major contributor to the eclectic, organic nature of the Village Center. It is organized to provide flexibility for a range of activities and uses, from people-watching to community festivals and events.
Special emphasis has been placed on favoring pedestrians over automobiles throughout the Village Center The streets are designed so they can be closed during special events such as street fairs, sidewalk sales or farmers markets.
Helping to anchor the Village Center is a location for a small market or similar use along with individual building areas for restaurants or business elements, such as banks, that require good visibility from a regional road such as Auburn-Black Diamond Road. By emphasizing multi-use spaces and accessibility for pedestrians we hope to make the Village Center a vibrant, interactive area for all members of the community.