Duran Villegas, Community Redevelopment Agency Project Manager, East
Valley Region, made a presentation about CRA projects in Sylmar at
the March 2010 SNC meeting. He described the development process, including a
home ownership assistance program.
The Sylmar Streetscape project covers San Fernando Road from Hubbard north to Polk. They
will start the Phase One Truman
St. and San Fernando Blvd. landscaped medians projects within the
next 60-75 days. View the
map and rendering of the medians. The project encompasses four small medians with
shrubs, trees, and a “Welcome to Sylmar” sign.
project will cost about $300,000 to complete and will be paid for by
the CRA which is funded by property taxes from properties within the
project area. Maintenance
for the project will be covered by the Sylmar Business Improvement
District, a program whereby local merchants agree to tax themselves
to pay for specific improvements to their community.
Phase Two is still in
the design phase and is expected to fix curbs and sidewalks and
plant trees and medians. More information can be found at the
SNC heard a presentation at the October 2009 meeting regarding the
VA facility in North Hills. A
Community of Friends proposes to convert seven acres and two
buildings into 147 units for veteran's housing.
New Directions, an
organization that provides comprehensive services to veterans in Los
Angeles County, proposes to then operate the facilities.
There was discussion about whether this was the best way to serve
the most veterans, the need for a hospital, the cost of the
proposal, the age of the facilities, and the lease on the
facilities. After much discussion, the SNC chose to take no position
at this time. Read the
minutes for more details.
Summer 2008 the Los Angeles Department of City Planning hosted a
public workshop where it revealed the first rough draft of the
proposed new community plan. The changes being considered attempt to
address many of the concerns and issues raised by the community,
such as new residential development changing neighborhoods. A site
has been set up to provide information that was presented at this
workshop. You will find this site to be valuable and information
such as copies of the considered changes and maps can be found on
If any groups are interested in having a presentation done by the
Sylmar New Community Plan Team, please contact
View Community Plan Site.