This rendering shows the type of mobile office that will be placed near the Plaza. The Chamber will also have the adjacent parking space to create a welcoming entry way.
In the coming weeks, Depot Bookstore & Cafe owner Paul Lazzareschi and his team are set to embark on a renovation of the longtime City-owned building at 87 Throckmorton Avenue that it calls home. The project is extensive but largely has two components: an overhaul of the Depot space, bringing the historic building, particularly its bathroom and kitchen, up to code, as well as the construction of a long-sought, much-needed public restroom adjacent to the Depot.
To accommodate the construction, the Mill Valley Chamber, whose Visitor Center and office has also been in the City-owned building for decades, is relocating to a temporary mobile office a few hundred feet away, in a pair of parking spaces on Miller Avenue across from Piazza D’Angelo. The project is expected to take 6-9 months, and the Chamber will operate out of the mobile office with the same level of digital-centric service to its members and the larger Mill Valley community.
“We’re moving a short distance away, but very little will change about our day-to-day operations,” says Chamber Co-Director Paula Reynolds. “Our Visitor Center in the Depot Building gets a ton of foot traffic, and our ace staff will continue to dole out shopping and restaurant recommendations, give out our MV Community Map, directions to Muir Woods and Mt. Tam, and mostly brag about our incredible Chamber members.”
“We appreciate the City’s willingness to support our temporary relocation to a nearby space, as proximity to our current space within our downtown core is critically important,” Reynolds adds. “And we look forward to returning soon to a Depot that is gorgeous and strikes a balance between the building’s historic character and some much-needed modern infrastructure.”
More information about the Depot Building renovation will be posted when it is available.