The redevelopment project will transform Main Street into the “Main Street Promenade,” a linear park and transit plaza next to the Lemon Grove trolley station – a walkable, sustainable, park-like space. The area will also attract seasonal events such as farmers’ markets, and will offer plenty of places for residents and visitors to relax or play.
“This is a special and long-awaited opportunity to create a park in the City’s downtown core designed to increase pedestrian activity in the City,” said Mary Sessom, Lemon Grove Mayor. “I am excited for this historic event to carry out the community’s vision for its Downtown Village.”
“The project optimizes the function of redevelopment. The City’s redevelopment agency initiated the project and was able to leverage minimal funds to attract $4,500,000 in grants. This project will serve as a catalyst for additional privately initiated development in the downtown area,” explained City Manager Graham Mitchell.
Construction will also include pedestrian-friendly changes to the intersection on Broadway at Main Street. Construction activities will not interfere with commuters making bus or trolley connections.
“The historical society has been involved in this wonderful project, meeting multiple times with KTU+A and the two public art designers in the Lee House to choose art work and photos related to Lemon Grove's history and the project theme, `Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’” said Helen Ofeld with the Lemon Grove Historical Society. “We are especially proud that images from the Lemon Grove History Mural (artists: Katy Strzelecki and Janne LaValle) will be included on the `history walk’." She added, "The groundbreaking will be a banner day for our city and the culmination of so much effort and inspiration by city staff, city council, consultants and everyone else cheering them on.”
The Lemon Grove Main Street Promenade Redevelopment Project is funded by a combination of an IIG (Infill Infrastructure Grant), TransNet funds, redevelopment bond funds, and a SGIP (Smart Growth Incentive Program) grant awarded by SANDAG. SANDAG’s Smart Growth grant funds are awarded to improvements that support compact, transit-oriented developments that also create interesting places within communities.
The design of the park keeps sustainability issues at the forefront, including electrical generation, energy-efficient lighting, and water conservation systems. The City is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering its carbon footprint to ensure a healthy living environment for future generations.
This project is the perfect opportunity to construct significant improvements needed to transform our downtown area into a “must-see” destination. We welcome all inquiries from businesses and residents that would like to make Lemon Grove their home.
Completion is scheduled for spring 2013.