‘Jerry’s Journey’

by Jerry Jambazian
November 13, 2013 • 287 views

Temple City is in the process of creating a new “Gateway” to the city in many ways. The 21 million dollar Rosemead Beautification Project is well underway scheduled for completion in late Spring of next year. The project will beautify Rosemead Blvd. from the railroad tracts to Callita on the northern end of city limits. Some of the enhancements include protected bike lanes, new lighting, pedestrian friendly walkways, seating, improved traffic safety, and public art by renowned artists.

bridgewebThe other major project after 7 long years is The Gateway at Las Tunas and Rosemead Blvd. The project is in the process of creating 272 subterranean parking spaces. Hundreds of truck-loads of dirt were removed. We have finally gone from just moving dirt around to actually building something.

This corner is considered one of the premier sites in the San Gabriel Valley. Over 33,000 cars a day travel Las Tunas with almost 38,000 per day on Rosemead Blvd. The project will contain 72,000 square feet of buildings including a major tenant taking 35,000 square feet. Various retail, office, and restaurant sites will also be available. You can follow the progress photographically at my website: http://www.templecityphotos.com.

Temple City leaders have many plates in the air right now. Major projects that are being planned and considered are: a 72 unit condominium project being built at the old lumber yard on Lower Azusa, development of the 25-year-old Alpha Beta property on Temple City Blvd., purchase of the former Lee R. Hill mortuary at Workman and Temple City Blvd., the downtown Las Tunas traffic project, exploration of a Private-Public-Partnership (P-3) project at the civic center including a new 22,000 square foot Library. Our Library is one of the busiest in the LA County system. Supervisor Michael Antonovich visited Temple City last week and the proposal for a new facility was presented.

A complete renovation of the 50 year-old Council Chambers has been completed recently including an Emergency Operations Center that rivals many big cities.

Strategic Planning is under way to determine projects, programs, and goals that are most important and meaningful to the residents. A long awaited zoning update is in the works. For a city of 35,000 we are underserved with two parks. A consultant is conducting public workshops for Parks and Open Space. It is good to see Temple City looking to the future proactively and leveraging its resources responsibly. We are fortunate in so many ways to have dedicated staff and council members who make Temple City a better place to live.

I am happy to announce my new website dedicated to everything Temple City. It captures the spirit and community of a great city. Check it out at: www.templecityphotos.com to see recent photo and video events. You can also like us on Facebook. I would welcome your comments at jerry@templecityphotos.com

See you soon…

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