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Mayor's Budget Includes $1 Million for Broadway Streetscape

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, March 04, 2009, at 05:35AM
Melendrez Conceptual Broadway Render Meléndrez

A preliminary Broadway sketch by Meléndrez, done before work started on the Streetscape Plan.

Broadway's sidewalks are set to get a $1 million facelift, thanks to a budget proposed by the Mayor's office. The funds would provide the capital to begin implementing the first phase of the Broadway Streetscape Plan, currently under design.

The money is included in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed 2009-2010 budget for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The money must still be approved by City Council, a process that will likely start next week.

The description of work in the CDBG document includes mention of such pedestrian-friendly features as bump-outs, pedestrian lighting, LED lights and replacement and lighting of historic glass blocks in the sidewalks.

The exact work to be done will depend on the results of the Streetscape Plan, being done by landscape architecture firm Meléndrez. Work on the plan kicked off last month with the Broadway Walk, an event that solicited community input on how the street's sidewalks and roadway should be designed.

Bringing Back Broadway Executive Director Jessica Wethington Mclean said last night that if the budget is approved, work on Broadway would begin later this year. Meléndrez current work is being funded by money included in last year's CDBG budget.

The city's Community Development Department is currently holding community outreach meetings on the CDBG funding. On Thursday evening, meetings will be held at El Centro del Pueblo near Echo Park and at the Boyle Heights Technology Center just east of the L.A. River. More information is available on the CDD website.

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