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Officials celebrate Main Street renovations

Ribbon-cutting ceremony highlights completion ‘urban village’ makeover for Newhall

Posted: December 16, 2010 8:33 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Downtown Newhall merchants and city officials celebrated a renovated Main Street with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.

City officials recently completed the $2 million second phase of the Old Town Newhall Steetscape Project.

Newly paved streets, widened sidewalks, recently planted oaks, sycamores and mesquite trees are part of the efforts to convert this area into a pedestrian-oriented “urban village,” officials said.

Wooden lodge poles and vintage-style street lamps lend themselves to the old West ambience the city was looking for.

“This event has a huge historical significance,” Old Town Newhall Association President Tim Crissman said.

Historically, Old Town Newhall was a center of merchandise for the valley, Crissman said.

And with the urban development of the valley, downtown Newhall was “kicked to the curb,” he said.

“We’re trying to create an old town, similar to what many other towns throughout Southern California have done,” Crissman said.

The city’s goal is to attract high-quality retailers to Newhall’s downtown.

Mayor Marsha McLean said Main Street restaurants will be encouraged to have outside seating.

This will be a great addition to two live theaters and Thursday’s Newhall farmers market, she said.

The second phase of the Old Town Newhall Steetscape Project affected two blocks of Main Street, from 8th Street to Lyons Avenue.

For months, due to the construction, the street was blocked to traffic, which slowed business.

“They finished the work quickly. ... It’s going to get better. More people will be going by,” said Santiago Lopez, who helps his brother Pedro Lopez run Valencia Bicycles on Main.

More than 60 people attended the ceremony.



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