BY CRYSTAL CRAWFORD
Del Mar Mayor
The City Council is pleased to announce the start of another Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project. Preliminary plans for the project, which is part of the 2009-2010 Capital Improvement Program budget, will be on display at an open house planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the City Hall Annex. The $500,000 project is being funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Funds, Community Development Block Grant Funds, fees from the sidewalk cafes, general fund, TransNet and Proposition 42 monies.
The project will provide a "facelift" for the downtown area from 12th Street to 15th Street. Those blocks will be refreshed and improved with curb and gutter replacements, sidewalk repair and replacements, tree grate installations, street surface reconditioning, center median enhancements from 14th to 15th Streets, new street furniture and trash/recycling containers. These improvements and others are designed to improve not only the appearance of the area but also to enhance its walkability and pedestrian orientation in these heavily used blocks of our downtown area.
The project will include other needed improvements to city streets with several "patch and repair" projects designed to repair potholes and other deteriorated surfaces. A list of these areas will be available at the open house. The project design is being engineered by Harris and Associates, one of the city's selected as-needed consulting firms. It will be reviewed by our new City Engineer Tim Thiele and our new Traffic Engineer Dawn Wilson.
Thanks to the efforts of our ad hoc Citizen's Committee, work is continuing on the Downtown Form Based Code and other Streetscape planning, which will explore revised pedestrian and traffic movements in the Downtown area. The city will be holding future meetings to develop those concepts and recommendations for further streetscape improvements.
This streetscape improvement project is on a fast track with construction planned for January and February. We hope residents and business owners will attend the open house next Tuesday and provide valuable feedback on the project.
Stay tuned for project updates.