April 30: Antioch Rivertown Historic Homes Tour


On April 30, you are invited to participate in the Rivertown Historic Homes Tour in an effort to fund raise to benefit the Rivertown Town Square.

The Rivertown Town Square Initiative aims to be an option for the City of Antioch to re-attract local residents and to entice others from surrounding areas to frequent the downtown is to provide an activity/event center which can offer activities of interest to the community at large.

According to Joy Motts,  a community “Green” or Townsquare purposed as an event center could be the anchor for sustainable “people traffic” downtown.

“We believe the most optimal and natural site for this to take place is on the vacant dirt lot also known as the Historic Beede Lumber site at 2nd and E Street downtown,” sad Motts. “This historic site provides for a grand entrance into Rivertown as it sits at the foot of A street and Second Street as you come into the Rivertown District, has unparalleled river views, is one block from the founding site of the city of Antioch, and is directly next to the existing Nick Rodriquez community center which complements our vision of a Rivertown Events District.”

She says a constant and consistent population of visitors to the downtown business district, drawn to the area by events such as concerts, theater productions, car shows, craft fairs, multicultural events and other recreation opportunities could drive the engine of a new and vibrant local economy.  Businesses would enjoy an opportunity to thrive with such a population infusion. This model would include one major crowd attraction and at least three smaller attractions during the month with more or fewer events happening per climate and season.

“That population infusion and vibrancy could help curtail other issues that have plagued downtown and promote safety. We do not have to look too far to see that this model is working in our sister communities of Brentwood, Pittsburg, and Concord and throughout our state and nation in revitalizing communities,” said Motts.

To date, there are 8 homes on the tour and tickets are $25.

Homes to visit include:

  • Barbara Stamm – B Street
  • Connie and Ron Komar – W. 4th Street
  • Susan Wlech – W. 4th Street
  • Lisa Perry – A Street
    Jody Pattison & Doug Riggs – W. 3rd Street
  • Rachel Motts – W. 6th Street
  • Stu Ritchie and Lynda Brown – W. 5th Street
  • Tim and Jennifer Hughes – W. 5th Street

To purchase tickets:

  • Nick at Urban Jumble-307 G. St.
  • Street Merchantile- 205 G. St.
  • Jim Lanter’s State Farm- 314 G. Street
  • Oddly Unique- 209 G. Street
  • Emily Slatten at East County Insurance
  • 2738 W. Tregallas St.

Day of event tickets available, corner of 220 W. 4th Street. For more information contact Katie Cook – 925-640-8483 or Susan Welch – 925-754-2006

Committee to Save The Yard ID# 1381281


  1. Waldie Plaza was promoted with almost the same language. Did the issues that have plagued downtown and promote safety go away? Build low rise townhouses (everyone of them with views of the river) with business real estate on ground level, access by foot/bike/transit to basic necessities, and public transportation (e-BART and Ferry) to major city centers with high paying jobs. This would require leveling all but the most important historic sites downtown. Easy, just ask “how did this historic site benefit all Californians” and “Can this site be self-supporting because a majority of visitors want to pay money to see this history”? John Marsh house in Brentwood and John Muir house in Martinez are a big yes to these questions.

  2. This group needs to get over themselves and stop with this nonsense. Just because a lot is vacant or was something in the past does not make it historic. These people simply do not want an obstructed view out to the delta from their homes. I also think this plan would be bum central which would further lower property values and ruin Antioch’s credibility.

    There are better options to achieve a fix to the downtown starting with a boardwalk along the river. Also, enough with the antique shops, start bringing in real businesses that can generate better revenue and tax dollars. Ironic, antiques and historic are stuck on the old way of thinking, time for Antioch to think about new ideas.

  3. “These people simply do not want an obstructed view out to the delta from their homes.” This alone is all the reason to fight for. The river front is a crown jewel. Too many are too blind to see that and develop it as such. Think outside the box.

  4. I dont think people give a rat crap about the view. What everyone doesn’t want is for more low-income ghetto section 8 housing development to go up and more hood rats to be imported.

  5. This was Julpun land before the Europeans, “section 8”, and tweakers. Preserved it for hundreds of years, now look at it. Toxic DOW, cannery, etc. dumping, litter in waters that once had plentiful fish and shellfish. Smh

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