Aptos Village shaping up

Mary Gourlay, development project manager at Swenson, shows the interior of the Hihn Apple Barn that is being renovated to house New Leaf Community Market in the Aptos Village Project. (Photo by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)

Phase 1 construction — including restaurants, shops — to end by summer

In the not-too-distant future, Aptos’ signature World’s Shortest Parade will terminate in the Village Green, the centerpiece of Aptos Village’s expansive new development.

The common could also be the new home of Aptos’ annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

That’s according to Mary Gourlay, development project manager for Swenson, which is the contractor in charge of the project.

Known formally as the Aptos Village Project, the project abutting Nisene Marks State Park has radically transformed the once tiny mid-county town by adding about 19 condos, 28 townhouses, restaurants and retail spaces, all of which is the first phase of the two-phase project. All of this is part of a vision for the village that includes a pedestrian-friendly array of restaurants and shops.

Phase Two will begin when Phase One wraps up, and is projected to take approximately 18 months.

Businesses now planned for the development include New Leaf Community Market, Penny Ice Creamery, Cat & Cloud Coffee, Sockshop & Shoe Company and a restaurant led by Michelin three-star chef David Kinch.

In addition to the living and retail space, the project has added two new roadways: Aptos Village Way, which connects Trout Gulch Road to Aptos Creek Road, and Parade Street, a short street that leads into the development from Soquel Drive.

Homeowners are now moving into building 12, which contains 11 three-bedroom townhouses. Gourlay said the rest of the first phase is expected to wrap up in summer 2019.


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