Whittier Blvd. Braces for Construction

The commercial thoroughfare will receive $2.1 million in street improvements.

By Gloria Angelina Castillo, EGP Staff Writer

East Los Angeles Merchants and residents on Tuesday were told that the last time Whittier Boulevard received any type of improvement was in 1986, 25-years-ago.

“Patience is a virtue… and the outcome will outweigh the sacrifice,” said David Vela, field deputy for LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Tuesday’s meeting introduced the $2.1 million Whittier Boulevard Streetscape Project to stakeholders. The project extends one-mile from Burger Avenue to Atlantic Boulevard in East Los Angeles and includes new parkway trees, decorative street lighting, monument clocks, bus shelters, benches, colored crosswalks, bike racks, curb ramps and trash receptacles, as well as sidewalk repairs.

Whittier Boulevard Streetscape Project will last eight months, from June 2011 to January 2012. New palm trees, fancy street lights, decorative crosswalks are among the improvements that will kick the commercial corridor up a notch. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

 

 

 

“This vibrant shopping and business district represents the heart and soul of the East Los Angeles community and is rich in culture and heritage,” Molina said in a written statement. “This project will not only increase community pride but will secure Whittier Boulevard’s rightful place as a destination point for thousands of Southern California residents and tourists.”

The construction is set to begin next month, June 2011, and continue in phases for eight months. A pause in construction will take place from November to January to ensure businesses don’t lose holiday-related business.

“This revitalization project has been a long time in the planning stages and we are glad to see it go from the drawing board to reality,” said Tony DeMarco, President of the Whittier Boulevard Merchants Association. “We will be working closely with Supervisor Molina’s staff and the other agencies to ensure that the project goes as smoothly as possible with minimum disruption.”

Juan M. Sarda also introduced himself to the group of about 50. Sarda is the project’s community liaison who will be on site Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to answer questions and help resolve construction related issues. Sarda can be reached at (626) 476-0985.

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The streetscape project is financed with state and federal funds and is a collaborative effort between Supervisor Molina, the LA County Community Development Commission, LA County Public Works, and the Whittier Boulevard Merchants Association.

This Saturday, the Whittier Merchants Association and Molina’s representative will offer a second, last chance, informational meeting regarding the Whittier Boulevard Streetscape Project. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 4526 Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 981-9377 or (323) 890-7210.

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May 19, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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