Update on Slauson Improvement Project

Pressing ahead with the Slauson Corridor Revitalization Project, business owners on the south side of Slauson Avenue between Overhill Drive and Angeles Vista have agreed to a brand new uniform façade look, with shared heights, color schemes of lime green, gray and beige and the same type on the awning signs.

The awning replacement is part of the Slauson Corridor Revitalization Project, which  will make the area from Angeles Vista Boulevard to La Brea Avenue more pedestrian friendly and attractive as a destination for local merchants and community residents.

The total cost of the proposed awning improvements is $550,000, funded by the Second Supervisorial District’s Community Development Commission funds. Construction is expected to begin by May 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. While the county also wanted to bring improvements to the north side of the street, property owners were unwilling to participate. By seeing the renovations on the south side of the street, county officials hope the business owners on the north side will eventually agree to a re-do.

In addition, residents have been asked for their feedback on three “looks” for landscaping Slauson Avenue. Improvements will include new median landscaping, street trees, benches, pedestrian lighting and trash receptacles. The native plants and drought resistant foliage varies in colors from greens and gray succulents to bursts of orange and crimson red bougainvillea. A final design will be developed this spring, with construction expected to begin in May 2015 and to be complete by December 2015. The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.5 million.

Working with the branding company, Sussman/Prejza, the Community Development Commission will also help residents come up with a distinct identity for the revitalized corridor.

“When the Slauson Corridor Revitalization Project is completed, this area will be transformed,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “It will have the attractive landscaping, walkways and small businesses that are pleasing to the eye and that help to make it a community gathering place.”