AREA MAKEOVER NEW LOOK PLANNED FOR CITY'S NORTHEAST.Byline: Jim Skeen Staff Writer
LANCASTER - Lancaster officials have introduced a redevelopment plan to tie together a regional park, transform the former fairgrounds n. pl. 1. same as fairground. and spruce up spruce up
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Verb 1. spruce up - make neat, smart, or trim; "Spruce up your house for Spring"; "titivate the child" appearances for Avenue I and Sierra Highway Sierra Highway is a road in Southern California, United States. It runs from Tunnel Station near the north limit of the City of Los Angeles, where it intersects with San Fernando Road and Foothill Boulevard, as well as Interstate 5, and continues north to Mojave, mostly paralleling , all in the city's northeast portion.
The Northeast Gateway Corridors Vision Plan, rolled out Tuesday, was spurred by concerns about deterioration of neighborhoods and an increase in crime in the area bordered roughly by 10th Street West, West Avenue H-8, Challenger Way and Avenue I.
``Our goal is to really transform this whole entire area into a stronger, more productive part of our community,'' said City Manager Jim Gilley. ``This plan, we believe, allows us to do that.''
Among the plan's primary goals are to rebuild the former Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds site; improve the appearance of Avenue I, Sierra Highway, Division Street and other major thoroughfares; redevelop specific housing areas; provide guidelines for putting new subdivisions on vacant city blocks; and add open space and parks.
Because of the project's scope, city officials called for a study and report on its probable environmental impact. The report is expected in six to nine months.
``One of the goals is to create an overall environmental clearance, so as new projects come in, they aren't hampered by having to jump through the environmental hoops,'' said Ron Pflugrath of RBF Consulting, an Irvine company The Irvine Company is a privately held real estate development company based in Newport Beach, Orange County, California. Donald Bren is its Chairman. Operations
The Irvine Company develops suburban master-planned communities throughout central and southern Orange County. that worked on the plan for the area anchored on the north by the proposed 60-acre Whit Carter Park on Sierra Highway near Avenue H-8. The park, expected to cost about $4.8 million, would include baseball fields, picnic areas and a children's play area.
Valley pioneer Whit Carter's home, donated by his family, would be turned into a community center in the park. The park would also contain an area where dogs would be allowed to run without leashes.
The area immediately south of the park is earmarked for single-family homes and commercial development. The area once held crime-ridden fourplexes that the city acquired and demolished.
City officials are looking at acquiring a strip of property across Sierra Highway from the park. The property would be landscaped to give the area a greener look.
Vacant land north of Avenue I and east of Sierra Highway is earmarked for industrial uses.
The plan incorporates the previously announced idea to transform the old fairgrounds at Avenue I and Division Street. The 70 acres will be turned into a youth baseball complex, homes, a shopping center shopping center, a concentration of retail, service, and entertainment enterprises designed to serve the surrounding region. The modern shopping center differs from its antecedents—bazaars and marketplaces—in that the shops are usually amalgamated into and a local site for California State University, Bakersfield As of fall 2002, some 7,700 undergraduate and graduate students attended CSUB, at either the main campus in Bakersfield or the satellite campus, Antelope Valley Center in Lancaster, California of Los Angeles County. , to have classrooms and laboratories.
The plan also calls for improving the look of Avenue I and rehabilitating commercial and industrial buildings along the street.
Another plan, called the North Downtown Transit Village A transit village is a planned development around a transportation hub, such as a train station, with the intent to make it convenient for village dwellers to get to/from work or run errands and travel via a public transportation network. Plan, is being drafted for the nearby area generally bounded by Avenue I, the railroad tracks, Kettering Street and Fern Avenue.
The centerpiece of the Transit Village Plan is a proposed municipal park coupled with expanded campuses of Desert Christian School A Christian School is a school run on Christian principles or by a Christian organization.
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(color) Consultant Ron Pflugrath explains a plan on Tuesday for redevelopment and open space in Lancaster's northeast area.
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