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NEWS ADVISORY

Jan. 25, 2008
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Community asked to review Lodi Avenue's future design

Preliminary plans on display at LOEL Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 31

A community workshop to review and provide feedback on a set of street design improvements for East Lodi Avenue is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 31, at the LOEL Center, 105 S. Washington St. (Click here for a workshop flyer)

The event, held by the City of Lodi in conjunction with the Lodi Improvement Committee, Chamber of Commerce and other local groups, is part of a project that is seeking to provide improved safety, mobility, access and community identity on Lodi Avenue between Sacramento Street and Cherokee Lane.

“We are excited about this opportunity to create a distinctive look and feel for Lodi Avenue, and entice businesses and visitors,” said Paula Fernandez, Lodi’s project manager. “The ideas we are presenting came directly from our conversations with members of the community. At the meeting, which will be conducted in English and Spanish, we will review the design guidelines, including sidewalk improvements, street trees, bus shelters, gathering and resting places, pocket parks, signage and public art.”

The outcome of the project will be a set of design guidelines to be approved by the City Council that will guide future construction. This effort builds on work previously done in a Caltrans-funded project – the Eastside Mobility and Access Plan – that was recognized by the state as a model for community-based streetscape design.

“There is also a great opportunity for the Lodi Avenue project to be integrated with our study of transit-oriented development in the downtown area,” said Peter Pirnejad, Lodi’s Planning Manager.

Childcare will be provided for workshop attendees, and light refreshments will be served.

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