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Public Invited to Share Vision for San Gabriel Blvd.

  • By David Barron

SanGabrielIcon4webSan Gabriel, CA – In an effort to revitalize San Gabriel Boulevard, one of the city’s most important business districts, the City of San Gabriel is preparing a new streetscape plan and will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the San Gabriel Library. 500 S. Del Mar Avenue.

“The plan will incorporate street furniture and other improvements to make foot and bicycle travel safer, more comfortable, and pleasant; and include design elements that will create a sense of place, a city press release stated.

The Economic Development Division is hosting a community workshop for residents, businesses, and property owners to discuss the future of San Gabriel Boulevard, which is located in the city’s only Redevelopment Project Area.

The City has contracted with Katherine Spitz Associates (KSA), a Marina Del Rey-based landscape architecture firm, for this project.  KSA was selected for its creativity and problem-solving approach, its ability to work with diverse communities, and its exemplary design skills.  Principal Katie Spitz AIA, ASLA, LEED AP and David Denton AIA will facilitate the workshop.

The quality of San Gabriel’s visual image has been identified as a major concern of residents, business owners, the City Council, and the Redevelopment Agency.  This project will create a streetscape plan that will be inspired by the City’s history, vitality, and diversity.  Enhancing the built environment will attract private investment and ultimately create new jobs as businesses thrive.

Another important benefit of the project is encouraging residents to live more healthy lives by walking, biking, and using public transportation.

The preliminary streetscape plan will be presented to City Council and the San Gabriel Redevelopment Agency for approval.  To stay informed about the project, members of the public are encouraged to register at a social networking website

ttp://sangabrielstreetscape.ning.com/.

In conjunction with this community workshop, the staff of the San Gabariel Library with support from the Friends of the Library have created an exhibit called “All Things San Gabriel” which will be on display for public viewing.  Some of these treasures featured include books about San Gabriel or authored by San Gabriel residents, photographs, and other materials.

The streetscape plan design is funded through federal CDBG and redevelopment agency funds.  The implementation of the streetscape plan will be in phases, as funds become available.

“Whether you work, live, dine, play, attend school or church, walk or ride the bus on or near San Gabriel Boulevard, city staff want to know what you think and hear about your ideas” the city press release stated.

For more information on the project, call Robin Scherr, Housing and Economic Development Specialist, City of San Gabriel at 626-308-2806, x5123.

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