The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to support legislation proposed by Councilmember José Huizar to formally expand business hours on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock by amending the guidelines of the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, which has been in place since 1992.
While Colorado Boulevard has a growing reputation as a food, nightlife and retail destination, businesses there are at a disadvantage compared to nearby cities, such as Pasadena and Glendale, since business hours were previously restricted under the Specific Plan from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Councilmember Huizar introduced the legislation with the support of local community organizations, such as the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) and the Colorado Boulevard Design Review Board.
“By lifting these hour restrictions, we are allowing local businesses on Colorado Boulevard to compete directly with nearby cities and keeping business, customers and tax dollars in Eagle Rock and the City of Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Huizar. “I want to thank all the local stakeholders and organizations behind this community-driven amendment. Despite the hour restrictions, the corridor is made up of hard-working business owners who have turned Colorado Boulevard into one of Los Angeles’ premier commercial-retail destinations and this vote will support them in their efforts.”
The Colorado Blvd Specific Plan was originally authored and adopted more than 20 years ago. Since that time, the corridor has undergone tremendous growth to the benefit of the Eagle Rock Community. The plan has been an effective tool in managing the look and preserving the pedestrian-friendly feel of the neighborhood, but, like all community plans, needs to be updated in an evolving neighborhood.