LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster garnered accolades in two categories at the recent 2011 American Public Works Association (APWA) Awards Ceremony.
The City received the Outstanding Project of the Year award for “The BLVD” transformation and the Best Use of Technology award for the City of Lancaster Facility Solar Shade Structure Project.
“The BLVD continues to confound the naysayers,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The ongoing transformation has greatly benefited Lancaster residents and businesses alike, allowing the vision of the revitalized downtown district to become realized.”
In addition to the $10.6 million streetscape improvements, more than 40 new businesses have been added to The BLVD since fall of 2009.
The BLVD has also drawn thousands of spectators to events such as the Streets of Lancaster, Celebrate America, The BooLVD, and A Magical BLVD Christmas.
The City of Lancaster’s Solar Shade Structure Project provides shaded parking and demonstrates the City of Lancaster’s commitment to renewable energy.
“Participating in the APWA annual awards program is a great way to showcase our City’s many accomplishments and recognize the efforts of all our team members,” said Ray Hunt, Capital Engineering Manager for the City of Lancaster. “Although these awards were given to recognize achievements in the Public Works field, these two projects illustrate the innovative and progressive approach our City has taken during the past few years. Both have assisted in creating jobs and revenue in the face of a down economy.”
(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster)