The BLVD garners national, statewide awards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced Lancaster’s BLVD Transformation Project as the winner of the 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. to City officials earlier this month. (L to R) Vice Mayor Marvin Crist, The BLVD Association Vice President Erica Allbee and Mayor R. Rex Parris.

LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster’s effort to revitalize downtown Lancaster, dubbed “The BLVD Transformation Project,” has been awarded the 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The BLVD was recognized for Overall Excellence, marking it as the top project nationwide for 2012.

The California Downtown Association also recognized The BLVD with its Award of Excellence for Physical Improvement.

“What we’ve done in downtown Lancaster is truly remarkable, and people across the nation are taking notice,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Through the tireless efforts of community members and stakeholders, City officials, downtown merchants, and our invaluable private partner, InSite Development, we have transformed a once-downtrodden downtown into the heartbeat of the Antelope Valley.”

The EPA’s National Award for Smart Growth Achievement recognizes exceptional approaches to development that protect the environment, encourage economic vitality, and enhance quality of life. The BLVD Transformation Project was selected to receive the award for Overall Excellence from among 47 applicants from 25 states. The winning entries were chosen based on their effectiveness in creating sustainable communities; fostering equitable development among public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders; and serving as national models for environmentally and economically sustainable development.

“The 2012 winners of the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement are taking innovative steps to realize a vision of American communities that are clean, healthy, environmentally responsible, and economically resilient,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

The California Downtown Association (CDA) also recognized The BLVD Transformation Project with its Award of Excellence in the Physical Improvement category. The Association recognizes outstanding projects from throughout the State of California each year for excellence in Physical Improvement, Special Events and Promotions, and Planning. Lancaster previously won the 2010 award for Special Events and Promotions for the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix.

“The BLVD has outpaced our highest expectations, becoming a vibrant downtown area far faster than we ever thought possible,” said Erica Allbee, vice president of The BLVD Association and owner of All About Fitness gym. “Businesses are continuing to build, with new ones opening constantly. With amazing special events, a weekly farmer’s market, and a wide variety of businesses offering everything from designer candles and designer jeans to home décor and custom motorcycles, there’s always something to do or see on The BLVD.”

For more information on the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, including a complete list of winners in other categories and videos featuring each winning project, visit For a complete list of awards won for The BLVD, visit

  22 comments for “The BLVD garners national, statewide awards

  1. dumbandblind
    December 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

    The Emperors new clothes!

  2. dumbandblind
    December 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

    While the rest of Lancaster looks like this:

  3. Notagain!!!!
    December 20, 2012 at 2:54 am


    • MerryChristmas
      December 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Sometimes the best awards are the ones we give ourselves. Awards Ceremony, Friday at 7 at Kinetic Brewery.

      • Sjgranai
        December 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

        If I tell you the name of the award that *I* want, can it be printed and ready for me by tomorrow’s ceremony?? lol

        • MerryChristmas
          December 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm

          For $5000, it will be camera ready. You must wear a suit jacket, shirt and tie. It’s ok if you wear shorts, sunglasses and your earphone with sneakers! See you at 7. I’ll be the one with the hairy legs, shorts, Santa Hat and Hawaiian shirt. (and high heels)

    • Turd Ferguson
      December 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Do they give an award for wasting $90,000.00 a month?Do they give an award for wasting $90,000.00 a month?We have a winner!We have a winner!LEAPS wins!LEAPS wins!Wasting $90,000.00 a month.For what?Crime has gone up.Crime has gone up.LEAPS is a joke.LEAPS is a joke.We need more sherriffs.We need more sherriffs.We have great sherriffs.We need more sherriffs.We need more boots on the ground.No to LEAPS.No to LEAPS.Yes to more sherriffs.Yes to more sherriffs.More boots on the ground.

      • December 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        oh Turd, you’re killin me!

  4. Sjgranai
    December 20, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Kinetic Brewery is the BEST thing to happen to the BLVD! Great people, wonderful craft (and guest) taps, good food.. and more. I have gone in to do work on my laptop and then just hung out making new friends.

    How long before Parris determines too many potential customers are leaving his “investment establishment” and going to Kinetic… and he goes after them like the rest of his competition?

    Now, that is the only place I go to. Plenty of parking in the back. New lunch menu too! (nope.. don’t work there… just totally love the place!)

    • Frank Rizzo
      December 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      I would have to agree the beers are great and you dont even have to add lime to the beer.

    • R.W
      December 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Investment establishment? You mean Bex? Been there 4 times, they got the food order completely wrong all 4 times. Haven’t stepped foot in the place in over a year, won’t ever be going back.

  5. Scott Pelka
    December 20, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Biggest award for what… Largest financial sinkhole of tax dollars for a select few. Disgusting that someone at the city spends all their time just looking for these so called feel good awards to try and impress people with.

  6. dave
    December 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Nice photo you guys.It always make our city look good getting these well deserved awards.Thats why i voted for the mayor.and vice mayor.Great job Erica,God Bless you guys and God Bless America

  7. R.W
    December 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Should have got an award for “Mediocre places to eat, but it doesn’t matter because there’s not enough space to park”

    • Nikolas
      December 20, 2012 at 8:59 am

      There is plenty of space to park. You just might have to walk a few hundred feet. Or, as the poster above stated, you can park behind many of the businesses located on the North side of The BLVD. If you’re really going to complain about having to walk a few minutes, YOU have some other issues you need to take care of first. ;-)

      • William
        December 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

        The customer is always WRONG in your view. That kind of attitude helps make the BLVD a ‘no play zone’.

        But, keep it up if you must.

      • Frank Rizzo
        December 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        There are lots of plants where parking spots should be, and these weird boxes. Everything on the BLVD is expensive can get the same crap at wallmart, the food is yucko crapo with bad customer service, I have gotten better service at mcdilldos.

      • R.W
        December 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        Yes, I have other *issues to take care of*. I’m disabled, you moron.

  8. Chris
    December 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Great Job Lancaster, it is good to hear some great news again!

  9. QHR
    December 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Glad to hear our city is doing great!

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