Cedillo Breaks Ground for Glassell Park Transit Pavilion

Cedillo Breaks Ground for Glassell Park Transit Pavilion

August 11, 2016

PRESS RELEASE
Cedillo Breaks Ground for Glassell Park Transit Pavilion
Bringing to fruition a project that has been in the works for 12 years

Los Angeles— Councilmember Cedillo celebrated with a 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. 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.

“I’d like to thank my predecessor for initiating projects around Council District 1. When we took office we made sure to pick up where the previous administration left off, did the heavy lifting, and are beginning to see the fruits of all our labor,” mentioned Councilmember Cedillo. “This particular project began with the advocacy of one community resident, who convinced others to take up the cause and brought the idea to our office. Twelve years later, here were are, breaking ground on a project that will be a natural connector to the redevelopment occurring along the LA River, and giving our constituents a renewed sense of pride in their community,” added Councilmember Cedillo.

The total project cost totaled $482,970 and included funding from the following sources:
• $190,000 Federal Transit Administration Grant (FTA)
• $ 42,970 Prop C Anti Gridlock Transit Improvement Fund
• $250,000 HUD Community Development Block Grant Neighborhood Improvement Fund (CDBG-NIF)

The project is scheduled to be completed in July of 2017.

“In order to get projects done around here, it requires a dedicated staff who is willing to go out and look for the funding, and the City family (departments) to step up to the plate and help us make our projects a reality,” added Councilmember Cedillo.

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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