Council votes 13-0 to support legislation introduced by Councilmember Huizar to amend Colorado Blvd Specific plan to allow for later hours of operation so Eagle Rock businesses can compete with nearby cities
(LOS ANGELES) Oct. 21, 2014 – The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to support legislation proposed by Councilmember José Huizar to formally begin the process to 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 are 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.
“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,” said Councilmember Huizar. “By lifting these hour restrictions, we are allowing them to compete directly with local cities and keeping business, customers and tax dollars in Eagle Rock and the City of Los Angeles.”
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.
With its small-town feel in a large metropolis, the community first established more than 100 years ago, is one of Los Angeles most popular neighborhoods. Eagle Rock was recently named the second hottest community in the entire nation by Redfin real estate website.
In September, Councilmember Huizar worked with the Bureau of Sanitation and Northeast organizations to initiate the largest tree planting in more than 50 years, with 272 trees planted along Colorado and Eagle Rock boulevards in Eagle Rock and Figueroa Street and York Boulevard in Highland Park. Through his Clean Communities Initiative and a partnership with the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and Sanitation, 43 Automated Litter Bins (ALBs) were installed across Eagle Rock, including Colorado Boulevard.
And in 2013 and 2014, Councilmember Huizar teamed up with LADOT and the Eagle Rock community through the Take Back the Boulevard initiative to provide a series of “Complete Street” upgrades to promote business and make the street safer and more inviting to pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. The many improvements include two new crosswalks at El Rio Avenue and Glen Iris Avenue, new medians to accommodate the crosswalks, plus the first three Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon pedestrian crosswalks in the City’s metro area. Other improvements included buffered bike lanes and speed feedback signs on either side of Dahlia Heights Elementary, which studies have shown help reduce traffic speed.
The City Council’s action today formally begins the public process to amend the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan. It will now go to the Planning Commission, the City’s Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM-Chaired by Huizar) and back to the City Council for one final vote, likely in early 2015.
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