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Upgrades Scheduled for Marin Civic Center & Northgate Mall in San Rafael

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A good thing just keeps getting better -- in San Rafael at least.  The Marin Civic Center is about to undergo renovation and first on the agenda is a revamped Farmers Market.  Currently located in a parking lot, this popular event will find a permanent home in a new structure designed to accommodate vendors both indoors and out, offering protection from the elements, but retaining the current fun, carnival-like atmosphere.  The vision includes expanding the Farmers Market to three days a week, creating space for a small restaurant, and including a wider variety of vendors.

The Farmers Market isn’t the only thing in San Rafael that is getting an overhaul.  The Mall at Northgate is scheduled for what planners characterize as a major “reinvention” and will include courtyards and open-air dining areas along with a new European-style marketplace.  While the traditional flagship favorites will remain, new retailers will enter the mix, offering a wide variety of services and amenities.

All of this is exciting news for San Rafael – Terra Linda real estate.  The enhancement of the Civic Center facilities and the redesign of the Northgate Mall should have a positive impact on the local community in both the long and short run.  For folks considering a move to San Rafael, the timing isn’t likely to get better.  Rates are down, the Dixie School District is excellent, and the north San Rafael – Terra Linda area is undergoing several exciting renewal projects that look to bring good things to the neighborhood.

*Architectural rendering of Northgate Mall Re-Development Project in San RafaelCalifornia by Macerich.

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