The City has substantially completed the Grand Avenue Vision Project phase I construction which started on January 10, 2022. The City Council will be asked to approve a design contract for Phase II in September 2022. Phase II design will be completed by mid-2023. The construction phasing and timeline will be determined during design through outreach with the businesses. This page is continuously updated with the latest information from the City. The first project concept meetings began in 2015. Learn more about the visioning and planning process for the project here
Phase I project renovation benefits include:
- New string lighting (known as festoon lighting) from Maple Street to Kalmia Street.
- New light posts on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Kalmia Street.
- Sidewalk widening on the north side of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Broadway.
- Improved parking: re-striping to include diagonal parking which will increase the number of parking spots from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street.
- Pavement resurfacing and re-striping on Grand Avenue from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street.
Phase II project renovation benefits include:
- Sidewalk widening on the both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Juniper Street.
- A traffic circle at Grand and Broadway
- Permanent improvements to support outdoor dining and diagonal parking
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why are the k-rails (cement barriers) and on-street dining back?
Grand Avenue businesses are allowed to continue to operate in dining areas directly in front of their stores and neighboring storefronts with the permission of neighboring businesses. These businesses are required to have a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) which will expire when Phase II construction begins.
When will construction begin and end?
Phase 1 construction began on January 10, 2022, and ended in April 2022. The timing Phase 2 construction will be determined during design. The City is currently soliciting feedback from businesses and property owners about Phase 2 improvements.
What areas are going to be impacted by the construction?
New street lights with festoon (string) lighting were installed on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Kalmia Street. Sidewalk was widened on the north side of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Broadway by about five feet. Pavement resurfacing and re-striping occurred on Grand Avenue from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street. Phase II will expand sidewalk on Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Juniper Street and install a traffic circle at Broadway and Grand.
What is being installed or modified?
The project permanently narrowed Grand Avenue to one lane in each direction from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street, widened the sidewalk on the north side of Grand Ave from Broadway to Maple Street by five feet, added diagonal parking to create a net total of 45 more parking spaces, and installed new light fixtures and overhead string lighting. Phase II will expand sidewalk on Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Juniper Street and install a traffic circle at Grand and Broadway.
Why aren't we installing tree grates around the trees?
Due to supply chain issues and delays obtaining tree grates, wood chips have been installed around the trees as a temporary measure. After the tree grates are received, they will be installed flush with the surrounding sidewalk.
What if I want to keep my outdoor setup permanently?
The sidewalk on the north side of Grand Avenue between Maple Street and Broadway was widened and concrete barriers will not be returned at this location as they will no longer be required for outdoor dining. Phase II will widen sidewalks on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Juniper Street. In the interim, businesses may continue on street activities with a new Temporary Use Permit (TUP) which will expire when the next phase of construction begins in January 2023.
What will happen to the existing light posts?
Old light posts from the project area will be salvaged. New light fixtures were installed at the top of 22-foot-tall light poles along with festoon (string) lighting which will cross over the street.
Visit the Grand Ave Vision Project FAQ to read more. Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's Next? Phase II Planned for 2023.
City Council approved $5M in funding for Phase II on September 29, 2021.
The City engineering team met with businesses in January 2022 to discuss Phase II. For those businesses and building owners who did not attend, we captured your feedback through a short survey about the future design of Phase II.
Phase II is planned to widen both sides of Grand from Maple to Juniper and engineering design has not yet begun. We are currently gathering feedback from the Grand Avenue business and building owner community.
- Engineering Design late 2022 - mid - 2023
- Construction timing to be determined
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