City Officials Presented with Initial Designs for Rosemead Boulevard Project

Community outreach meeting tentatively planned for March.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published November 30, 2011 (ONLINE ONLY) 

A community outreach meeting to discuss the Rosemead Boulevard Improvement Project is tentatively planned for March, City Manager Jose Pulido on Thursday said.

“Temple City staff and the Rosemead Boulevard Improvement Project team are in the process of planning and organizing the first community outreach meeting for the Rosemead Boulevard Improvement Project,” the city manager wrote in his February 17, 2011 weekly report.

The date is currently set for March 24, he stated.

Three preliminary design schemes and some alternatives have been presented to city officials since the City Council approved a contract with Gruen Associates. The architectural and engineering firm was hired last December to complete the second phase of the project.

The key players of the project include: the Rosemead Boulevard ad hoc committee, which is composed of Councilmembers Blum and Yu, Vanir Construction Management, the project manager, and Gruen Associates, the project designer.

At least $1 million has been spent for the project, according to analysis of city-approved contracts by the Temple City Voice.

Last year, the City Council hired Vanir Construction for $125,000, while Gruen Associates was given a $907,833 contract.

However, city officials have noted that no general funds have been used for the project because Temple City has been paying for the project through grant funding.

City officials also previously stated that there was $6.3 million in grants secured for the project, with an additional $3 million previously allocated from general fund reserves.

The Rosemead Boulevard Improvement Project is the City’s latest effort to redo the image of Temple City. There are plans to introduce energy efficient lighting, pedestrian-friendly enhancements, drought landscaping, and public art.

A total of two miles of roads along Temple City’s western boundaries will be upgraded.

In addition, the city has launched a bicycle survey that asks residents, businesses, and bicyclists to provide input for Temple City’s first bicycle master plan. The deadline to submit a response is February 28.

 

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