The Neighborhood

The Northside neighborhood is located at the northern gateway into the City of Riverside. Known for its history, environmental resources, and strong community connection, the Northside is one of the City's oldest neighborhoods. It has been occupied for over 10,000 years, first by Native American groups, including the Gabrielino/Tongva, Cahuilla, Serrano and Luiseño, and later by Spanish, Mexican, and American settlers. Its uniqueness comes from its proudly diverse, multi-generational residents that stand together in protecting their heritage and defining their future. The character of the Northside neighborhood is shaped by its variety of residential, office, retail, and extensive recreational facilities.

Northside Projects

Northside Agriculture Innovation Center (Formally Northside Heritage Meadows)

The NHM project will be the first urban agriculture project in Riverside’s disadvantaged Northside neighborhood. The neighborhood is considered a “food desert” according to the USDA Economic Research Service. A nearly $3M Urban Greening Grant has been awarded to the City of Riverside to purchase over 7 acres of blighted farmland. This project will be a collaboration of the Northside community, the Riverside Food Systems Alliance (RFSA), local groups, agencies and the City of Riverside. Additional in-kind and matching funds by various partners will be leveraged to complete the multiple components:

  • 453 tree and shrub species selected for high carbon sequestration and pollution absorption properties
  • Fields for training beginning farmers, plus incubation plots for small start-up farms
  • A community garden and carbon-sequestering demonstration orchards
  • A composting area to recycle green waste, which will be used to increase soil health
  • A farm stand that will provide fresh produce in an area with no grocery
  • Two trails and a bike lane that will reduce vehicle miles traveled and the related pollutants

Jefferson North Grove (Formally The Exchange)

The Jefferson North Grove will be a 482-home development in the Northside neighborhood of Riverside, California.

The three-story luxury multi-family development will offer 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom homes to residents as well as several live/work units. The homes will offer energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances and electric ranges, private tiered balconies, 9-foot ceilings, and a full-sized washer and dryer.

Residents will also enjoy two resort-style pools accompanied by cabanas and outdoor firepits, an outdoor kitchen, coworking lounges, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a dog park, a bicycle storage and repair room, and electric vehicle charging stations.

Renderings of Jefferson North Grove (Courtesy of JPI)

Trujillo Adobe

The State of California Allocates $10.4 Million for the Trujillo Adobe

Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2022-23 California State Budget, which includes $10.4 million in funding for Riverside’s historic Trujillo Adobe. Funding is slated to preserve the remaining structure, site expansion and renovation. The funding will also help with the development of a museum for the public to tour, engage with and learn about the history of the Trujillo Adobe.

Trujillo Adobe, 1970 (Courtesy of

Third Grade Separation Project

The Third Street Grade Separation Project includes building a new four-lane underpass, to replace the existing at-grade crossing at the BNSF railroad tracks, relocating BNSF tracks to minimize rail disruptions, and realigning Commerce Street for improved connectivity. Third Street will see upgrades with a raised median, bike lanes, and sidewalks. The project will also require constructing retaining walls, realigning the Riverside Canal, a stormwater pump station, and utility relocations.

The Project is not capacity-increasing and the purpose and need for this project is to mitigate safety and congestion impacts from the presence of an at-grade railroad crossing.

Trujillo Adobe, 1970 (Courtesy of

Main Street Improvements

A $13.8 million plan to increase safety along North Main Street just south of Highway 60 has taken a major step forward as a result of Rep. Mark Takano securing $11.1 million in funding from the federal Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program.

The project will convert Main Street between Highway 60 and Third Street to a single lane in each direction divided by a traffic median with additional parking, landscaping, and pedestrian walkways. The effort is designed to increase safety for motorists and pedestrians by slowing traffic, creating bikeways, and beautifying a major gateway into Riverside.

The City is working to find another $2.7 million in non-federal funds and move forward with project design before continuing with competitive bidding and a public engagement effort. Construction is scheduled to start in March 2026 and be completed by February 2027.

Northside Master Development

The Northside Master Development is the culmination of years of collaborative effort between the City and the community to define a vision. It will celebrate the region's culture with architectural details that reflect a connection between its history and twenty-first-century Riverside. It will expand on the area's existing assets to realize the community’s vision as defined in the Northside Specific Plan (NSP) and include a neighborhood gathering space with locally inspired retail and multi-family housing, walkable trails, bicycle corridors, restoration of the Springbrook Arroyo, open park space, and new recreational facilities.

The goal is to create a cohesive development that delivers an open and welcoming neighborhood center and park with a functional, modern, family-friendly design.

Spring 2024 Update: No developer was selected for the project at the current time. No proposal met the City’s desired project requirements. The City is reevaluating the Master Developer RFP requirements and may or may not pursue another round of RFPs for the project site. This site will continue to reflect any upcoming changes to the project area.