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Broadway to become a whole lot brighter with grants for new facade lighting

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 08:40AM
740 S. Broadway Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Select property owners along Broadway will receive grant money to add facade lighting to their buildings in an effort to make the area look more approachable.

The lights are bright (or, they will be) on Broadway, after a $750,000 grant is dispensed to select property owners to add facade lighting to their buildings.

The grant application process opened this week to buildings along Broadway between 2nd and Olympic, which are deemed within the national register historic district. The City and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) will then pick up to 10 structures to receive all expenses paid design, permitting and construction of new architectural lighting.

According to a press release from Huizar's office: The fa├žade lighting grant is yet another tool being implementing by the public sector as part of Bringing Back Broadway to help make private investments along the corridor make more sense, and create a better and more active pedestrian experience both day and night.

Facade lighting does not mean more street lights, but rather additional lighting on the actual building. Huizar said that lit buildings can help people feel more comfortable in an area -- especially at night -- and may encourage more people to visit Broadway.

"This is an important part of the Bringing Back Broadway puzzle, and we're looking forward to helping light Broadway the way she deserves," said Huizar.

The $750,000 comes from a portion of a Community Development Block Grant that was given to the Bringing Back Broadway effort. The City will host workshops for prospective applicants and then chose the recipients by the beginning of April.

Huizar's office said that priority will be given to historic buildings and to "property owners who are actively investing or have invested in the revitalization of their buildings, and/or who provide matching funds for in-kind improvements to their buildings during the grant construction period."

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