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Main Street in Newhall to receive facelift

City officials hope to draw more foot traffic

Posted: January 8, 2009 10:44 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2009 8:00 a.m.
 

City officials hope the installation of new landscaping and streetlights along Main Street in downtown Newhall will boost pedestrian traffic and business revenues by the Fourth of July.

"It'll just improve the look and the feel down there," said Phil Ellis, chairman of the Newhall Redevelopment Committee. "It will show us what it will look like when it's all built out."

The $2.2 million project, known as streetscaping, encompasses everything from new sidewalks and streetlights to landscaping and street furniture.

The project involves five blocks of new storm drains on Main Street and up to two blocks of streetscaping, said Alex Hernandez, city redevelopment analyst.

The city plans build a new library as part of the city's long-term plan for a revitalized downtown Newhall.

"It's a way to bring pedestrians to really enjoy one of the finest things we have to offer the community," Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry said.

A revitalized downtown Newhall draws the local community and visitors to dining and entertainment opportunities, Ferry said.

City officials plan for the Santa Clarita City Council to award the contract for the project during the council's Feb. 24 meeting, assistant city engineer Chris Price said.

The council will decide whether to begin streetscape construction in phases on Main Street between Market Street and 6th Street or Main Street between Market and 8th Street, or complete the construction all at once, Hernandez said.

If the contract is awarded, construction would most likely begin in the middle of March, Price said.

The city anticipates the completion of the project in time for the downtown Newhall Fourth of July festivities, such as the annual parade.

To ensure the deadline is met, the city will remain firm during the bid process, which opens today.

"It's more than a hope," Ellis said. "It's a drop-dead date for the bid process."

The city organized community meetings, like one Thursday, to keep the Newhall community informed about the construction, which is being scheduled to offer the least inconvenience to businesses and residents.

In one instance, El Trocadero restaurant is closed on Mondays, which allows construction crews to spend Mondays working outside the restaurant, Ellis said.

Ultimately, the committee appreciates the idea of a streetscaped Main Street.

"We think it's good," Ellis said. "We'd like to see more of it."

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