Formerly the site of the Northern California Remanufacturing Plant of the Diamond Match Company, Barber Yard frames the southern boundary of downtown Chico. As with many industrial sites of the early 20th century, what was once a rural setting is now urban core (Barber Yard 1939). Changing markets, economies, technologies … have rendered many of these industrial sites idle. The deterioration of the California timber industry ultimately forced the cessation of operations at the Barber Yard in 1989.
The property (136 acres) has two surviving brick structures constructed in 1903: the Engineering Department & Carpenter’s Shop. The other remaining structure is our plant, a 100,000′ Butler Building constructed in 1969 – 1971.
Barber Yard is zoned mixed-use and clearly fits the “neighborhood scale” dynamic for urban redevelopment. The Chico Map provides both perspective and orientation.
For additional information on future land-use, visit the “Chico 2030 General Plan“. Barber Yard is designated Special Planning Area (SPA) 2.
The Special Planning Areas are addressed in more detail in Appendix C of the General Plan Update.