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Laurene Weste: Details of Old Town Newhall’s streetscape

Live from City Hall

Posted: November 19, 2010 10:37 p.m.
Updated: November 19, 2010 10:37 p.m.
 

The city of Santa Clarita invites the community to attend the grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of Phase II of the streetscape project in Old Town Newhall on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. The celebration will take place on Main Street near Lyons Avenue.

The completion of the Old Town Newhall streetscape project continues the city’s exciting plans and improvements slated for the area, part of an ongoing effort to create an arts and entertainment district that encompasses the historic flavor of this important area of our city.

Development of a larger and more modern public library and special events set for next year will pave the way for the revitalization of Old Town Newhall, infusing the area with life.

With these enhancements and future development, Old Town Newhall is well on its way to offering residents and visitors all the amenities of a fun and exciting destination, fused with the distinctive small-town charm that is Santa Clarita.

Phase I of the Old Town Newhall streetscape project began in February 2009, when a contract bid was awarded for improvements including brick paving, curb and gutter construction, access ramps and striping, as well as several beautification efforts.

The first phase included major improvements on two blocks of Main Street, from Sixth Street to Eighth Street. Sidewalk pavers, hardscape and tree-planting are completed, as well as the installation of landscaping and street furniture.

This summer, the city began Phase II, extending the improvements from Eighth Street to Lyons Avenue. 

Additional work is also being done along Lyons Avenue to provide better pedestrian access to Old Town Newhall.

Streetscaping is best described as a beautification project that includes pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, streetlighting, street furniture and landscaping. To support the landscaping portion of the project, it was also necessary to replace and improve the water and drainage system that supports the area.

The streetscape project helps to transform the look and feel of Old Town Newhall, making it pedestrian friendly and eye-pleasing.

As a result of the project, Main Street businesses and visitors can now enjoy beautiful trees and drought-friendly shrubs lining new and widened sidewalks, and crosswalks made of a mixture of brick and boardwalk.

New decorative lodge poles and street lights resembling gas lamps successfully capture both a unique ambiance and spirit of the Old West that is integral to the area.

Soon restaurants will be given the opportunity to provide outdoor dining and seating along Main Street. This will enliven the street life and allow visitors and residents the chance to enjoy the many amenities found in Old Town Newhall.

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

The streetscape improvements, enhancements and development opportunities will contribute to the renaissance of Old Town Newhall, making it the arts and entertainment destination location that the community has envisioned for years.
For more information on the streetscape project, contact Alex Hernandez, the city’s redevelopment analyst, at (661) 286-4030 or ahernandez@santa-clarita.com.

Laurene Weste is Santa Clarita’s mayor and can be reached at lweste@santa-clarita.com. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Live from City Hall” appears Saturdays in The Signal.

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