Belmont Street Light Installation
Belmont Corridor businesses and property owners have expressed concern over the lack of street lighting in the area, which contribute to crime and blight, and identified improved street lighting as a top priority. In response to concerns, the Agency is implementing street lighting improvements through a multi-year project. Phase 1 from Freeway 41 to Cedar Avenue was completed in Spring, 2008 and leveraged the Agency's $592,000 with $4 million from state public utility funds. The project added and updated street lights as well as undergrounded overhead utility lines.
Phase 2, from Cedar to Chestnut, is approximately $500,000 and got underway in the Summer of 2009.
Belmont Merchants Association
In August 2009, the Agency hired a local consulting firm (Triangle Consultants) to help a group of business owners on Belmont Avenue—the Belmont Merchant Association—to file articles of incorporation and to prepare a strategic plan and implementation strategies for the Belmont Commercial Corridor from the 41 Freeway to Chestnut Avenue.
The strategy (due in February 2010) will contain an analysis of the target area's assets and amenities and a survey of the retail and commercial space, as well as the potential development and investment constraints. A focus will also be on the undeveloped and under-developed parcels and their relation to the existing land uses.
The consultant will also produce a map and inventory of City Code Violations and a strategy for assisting individual businesses with Code Enforcement complaints, as well as a strategy for dealing with community-wide Code Enforcement issues on a proactive basis.Download: Test 2 (pdf)