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Newhall streetscape ribbon-cutting tonight

Posted: August 19, 2009 1:29 p.m.
Updated: September 3, 2009 12:03 p.m.
The city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita City Council invite local businesses and community members to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the Old Town Newhall streetscape project on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Market Street and Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Old Town Newhall weekly Farmer's Market, and will include a brief grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The first phase of the Old Town Newhall streetscape project included major improvements on two blocks of Main Street, from 6th Street to 8th Street. Sidewalk pavers, hardscape and tree planting are completed, as well as the installation of landscaping and street furniture.

Beautiful new oaks, sycamores and mesquite trees and drought-friendly shrubs now line the newly paved streets along with new and widened sidewalks and crosswalks comprised of a mixture of brick and boardwalk.

Wooden lodge poles and streetlamps reminiscent of old gas lamps adorn light poles, creating a unique ambiance while capturing the spirit of the old west.

"The city is thrilled to celebrate the completion of the exciting Old Town Newhall streetscape project," Mayor Frank Ferry said. "Phase 1 is the official first step toward transforming Old Town Newhall into a thriving arts and entertainment district, setting the stage for entertainment and activities for community member of all ages to enjoy."

The construction in Old Town Newhall is part of the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan, which is designed to help transform downtown Newhall into a thriving, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented urban village with a series of economic engines.

Along with the streetscape, the city is also moving forward with plans for a new and larger library facility right in the heart of Old Town Newhall.


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