Bell Plaza Project in Downtown Redding to move forward

Temporary fencing will go up around the historic Bell Rooms property before the start of construction.

Posted: May 26, 2020 5:59 PM

REDDING, CALIF. - The McConnell Foundation says it's ready to move forward on its Bell Plaza project in Downtown Redding.

Located on the corner of Shasta and California Streets, it's considered key to revitalizing the downtown area.

Bell Plaza will include a bike depot, a cafe, and an outdoor courtyard. The bike depot will feature a bike share program and be operated by Shasta Living Streets and the Foundation will own The Bicycle Bell Cafe but will select an operator through a request for qualifications process.

The gated courtyard with outdoor seating is intended to be a bike-and-pet-friendly public space. The Diestelhorst to Downtown Bike Trail that is under construction will pass right by the plaza.

"Our team is imagining this space as a hub for bicyclists and pedestrians, a gathering place to enjoy food and beverages, and an interactive amenity for those who live, work and visit downtown," said John Mancasola, president and CEO of the McConnell Foundation.

Historic preservation is a priority so a new building pad will be laid on the original footprint of the historic Bell Rooms. The Bell Rooms' bricks will be carefully dismantled, cleaned, and protected,  then used to rebuild the walls.

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