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La Mesa Downtown Streetscape Project
During the city council meeting last night, Public Works Director Greg Humora detailed the work that will occur during the final phase of the 16 month downtown streetscape project. Humora explained the last phase of construction will include grinding asphalt street down to the original concrete street before pouring new asphalt, laying brick crosswalks and planting trees in specially designed units, called silva cells, to mitigate invasive roots from destroying streets and sidewalks. Humora stated that the street work would occur at night, allowing traffic to flow during the day.
The 5 million dollar downtown streetscape project began in late August of 2014.
The objective of the project was to revitalize and beautify the downtown area, to enhance its sense of place, to improve its status as a destination, and to solidify its identity as La Mesa’s city center. The list of improvements included:
As this project nears completion, the much awaited La Mesa Centennial project has begun. Dubbed The Lookout by local artists Jesus (Jess) Dominguez, Mary Lynn Dominguez, and Amy Dominguez, the Centennial legacy installation will be permanently constructed in the small "island" at the eastern end of Allison Avenue at the intersection with La Mesa Boulevard and 4th Street.
The Dominquez’s project design was selected in 2012. A historic gazebo will be constructed to include historic references to the city's first 100 years and will include a seating area, landscape and a signature large snail, a reference to the helix-shelled native of this area that gave Mt. Helix its name. The entire downtown project is scheduled to be completed by December.