The City was presented with the California Redevelopment Association Award of Excellence for “The BLVD Transformation Project,” at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
Lancaster was selected from among California’s more than 400 redevelopment agencies for the annual award, which brings statewide recognition to projects deemed outstanding examples of the redevelopment process that have resulted in better communities. The City originally received the award at CRA’s Awards Luncheon in March.
“The BLVD Transformation Project has truly revitalized the urban core of our community,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris in a City news release. “This effort is an outstanding example of creativity, vision, and teamwork by a wide variety of City staff, as well as the private sector and members of the public.”
“The quality of our BLVD is a reflection of the community that created it, and we are honored that a statewide organization, such as the California Redevelopment Association not only recognizes that quality, but chose to distinguish our project as the best in California,” Parris continued.
The BLVD Transformation Project received the Award of Excellence in the category of Community Revitalization, which recognizes the long-term efforts of a redevelopment agency in making positive changes to a community, business district or neighborhood. Lancaster accepted the award alongside such cities as Long Beach, San Francisco, Santa Monica and San Jose, who won in categories, such as Mixed-Use development and Residential Development.
“In the short time since completion of the streetscape construction on The BLVD, downtown has seen tremendous success,” added Parris. “I would like to thank our private partners, InSite Development and The BLVD Association, for the integral role they continue to play in this success.”
The Transformation Project has spurred more than $130 million in private investment, generating an estimated $273 million in overall economic output, according to a City news release. This economic growth has created more than 1,900 jobs, according to CRA’s IMPLAN Jobs Calculator. Over 800 of these are permanent position, according to the City news release.
“Today, just over two years since the project broke ground, our downtown has already become a major regional destination for shopping, dining, entertainment and the arts,” said Parris. “The BLVD truly is everything those involved had hoped it would be: a place where friends meet, businesses thrive, and the community comes together as one.”
2012 marked the final year in which the CRA Awards of Excellence will be presented, as CRA recently announced its disbandment on the heels of the State of California’s decision to dissolve redevelopment agencies.
(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)
View the video presentation the City of Lancaster submitted with its awards application below.