Community input needed at upcoming workshop

LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster invites the public to attend a community workshop on July 28 discussing the future of Central Lancaster’s Southeast Transit Village Planning Area (STVPA).

“The BLVD transformation had a profound impact on Downtown Lancaster. We are continuing our revitalization efforts throughout the City, including this vision plan targeting the Southeast Transit Village Planning Area,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “To construct a successful plan, we must consider the project from multiple perspectives—and we invite you to share yours.”

The City of Lancaster is currently creating a vision plan to assist in the long-term revitalization of the area surrounding the Lancaster Metrolink Station.  With a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the City has retained a team of consultants led by Sargent Town Planning to help identify ways to:

Extend the success of Lancaster Boulevard (The BLVD) to the east side of the railroad tracks, transforming the STVPA into a mixed-use urban neighborhood, well connected to the Downtown area.

Rethink the Metrolink station as a pedestrian-oriented, multi-modal, urban transit facility at the hub of the Downtown area and the STVPA.

Establish better pedestrian, bicycle, and bus connections to the Metrolink Station from both sides of the railroad tracks, in addition to convenient access by car.

Target the station area for mixed-use development that provides transit-convenient housing, employment, and retail uses that complement those on the BLVD.

During this public workshop, the consultant team will present a short presentation of the project objectives, some initial concepts for the area, and lead a discussion regarding the Plan Area’s constraints and opportunities.

The public workshop will be held Saturday, July 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Antelope Valley Christian Center West Annex (located at 44839 Trevor Avenue). Refreshments and child care will be provided.

“Please make plans to attend this important workshop,” added Mayor Parris. “This is your City, and your participation is vital during this planning process. We hope that you will share with us your ideas and hopes for the future of this important area of Central Lancaster.”

For more information regarding the workshop, call Elma Watson, City of Lancaster Planning Department, at (661) 723-6100.

(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)

  5 comments for “Community input needed at upcoming workshop

  1. ed
    July 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    The Mayor has invited the public to share their ideas “To construct a successful plan”. Shall we take the bait again? Will this be any different than Wal-Mart, Eye in the Sky, The round-about, The waste factory.
    How many times do we believe that “The sky is falling, The sky is falling”?

  2. DOOg
    July 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I do not like the (BLVD ). I only go there if I have to, its a mess.

  3. Adam Chant
    July 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I suspect that if the public expresses the desire to have the social services located elsewhere it will be considered. HOWEVER in the cases of private businesses there is not much that can be done as they have just as much right to be located where they are as any other business.
    I think a major factor in the proposal is to expand the use of the Metrolink station to include complementary transportation services like bus and taxi.

    • Darius White
      July 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Re: “in the cases of private businesses there is not much that can be done as they have just as much right to be located where they are as any other business.” Apparently there’s alot that can be done, or at least the owners of Arrow Appliances would say so. In any case. it shouldn’t be a problem moving ALL social services to one central, away-from-the-Blvd location because it would actually benefit those in need of these services. It must be an extreme hardship for an individual to go to multiple locations to receive their entitlements. A central location would make life much easier for all involved, which is the only important thing that matters, right? (sarcasm implied)

  4. SJGranai
    July 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Wondering if the idea involves relocating all the homeless services and other agencies that are in a one mile radius? Because there are ALOT of agencies.

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