3/9/2006

WHAT:           COMMUNITY WORKSHOP TO BE HELD FOR EASTSIDE
NEIGHBORHOOD TO CHART POTENTIAL FUTURE STREET IMPROVEMENTS

WHEN:          March 29, 2006  6:00 – 8:00 pm

WHERE:        Heritage Elementary School, 509 Eden Street, Lodi, CA

 

            The City of Lodi, in conjunction with the Lodi Improvement Committee, Community Partnership for Families, MOLE and other local groups, will hold a community workshop on March 29 to help identify desired street improvements for a portion of the Eastside neighborhood.  The event is part of a Caltrans-funded project that is seeking to provide improved safety, mobility, access and community identity on stretches of three important thoroughfares – Sacramento Street (from Pine to Lodi), Lodi Avenue (from Sacramento to Central) and Central Avenue (from Lodi to Tokay).

            “We want to make sure that future improvements in the neighborhood reflect and enhance the sense of community and cultural heritage in this vital part of our city,” says Peter Pirnejad, Lodi’s planning manager.  “At the meeting, which will be conducted in English and Spanish, we will ask community members to identify improvements that will make the Eastside friendlier for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users, as well as motorists. Possible projects could include sidewalk improvements, street trees, bus shelters, gathering and resting places, pocket parks, signage and public art.” 

The intent of this project is to develop design guidelines that can be implemented when the City has the resources and direction from the City Council to implement as part of normal public works improvement projects within the proposed project area.  Although this project focuses on three key streets between the Multi-Modal Transit Station and Central Avenue, Pirnejad emphasizes that the city could used these guidelines as a model for future improvements. 

The community workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Heritage Elementary School, 509 Eden Street in the Eastside neighborhood.  Childcare will be provided at the school, and hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Further information on the Eastside Mobility and Access Project may be found on the attached flyer.  Questions and comments may be mailed to Peter Pirnejad, Planning Manager, P.O. Box 3006, Lodi, CA 95241-1910.

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     Contact:          Peter Pirnejad

Planning Manager

Lodi Community Development Dept.

221 West Pine Street

Lodi, CA  95241-1910

209.333.6711