Cedillo Groundbreaking for Glassell Park Transit Pavilion

Cedillo Groundbreaking for Glassell Park Transit Pavilion

August 10, 2016

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Cedillo Groundbreaking for Glassell Park Transit Pavilion
Bringing to fruition a project that has been in the works for 12 years

Los Angeles— Councilmember Cedillo to celebrate groundbreaking for the Glassell Park Transit Pavilion, a pedestrian and transit safety improvement project in CD1. The project started as a beautification effort by the community, spearheaded by Helene Schpak, a Glassell Park resident back in 2004. As a result of the community’s steadfast dedication and advocacy, and with the assistance of Congressmember Xavier Becerra, the City of Los Angeles received an earmark appropriation from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in 2009, and the City allocated matching Prop C funding. After 10 years, it became clear in 2014 that due to a myriad of obstacles, that FTA earmark funds were at risk due to nonperformance. In June 2015, the Bureau of Engineering applied for a Neighborhood Improvement grant to raise the gap funding to make the project a reality, ranking #1 out of the 33 projects competing for these funds.

Twelve years later, we celebrate the groundbreaking of this decade long community effort to improve pedestrian and transit safety in Glassell Park/Cypress Park. The project will provide lighting, a multi-canopied shaded shelter from the elements, seating for the numerous transit riders at this busy transit hub, improved accessibility through ADA curb ramps, and enhanced continental crosswalks for pedestrians, particularly students and workers as they travel to and from school, home, work, and other community destinations.

WHAT: Groundbreaking for Glassell Park Transit Pavilion  

WHO:  Gilbert Cedillo, Councilmember, First District
           Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer
           Gemma Jimenez, Office of Congressmember Becerra
           Helene Schpak, Glassell Park Resident/Project Advocate

WHEN:  Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 10:30am

WHERE: Project Site (San Fernando Road and Verdugo Road, 90065)

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

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