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MESSAGE FROM THE CITY MANAGER Ken Striplin September 2015

Over the last several years, the City and its partners have worked hard to revitalize our downtown area.  After talking with merchants and property owners in the area, we rebranded it “Old Town Newhall.” We have also added several public infrastructure projects including: the Newhall Community Center, Veterans Historical Plaza, the Jan Heidt Newhall Metrolink Station, the Old Town Newhall library, new building facades, new street furniture, landscaping and decorative sidewalks, the landscaped roundabout and public art.  Regular special events have brought activity and new potential customers to the area via the popular “Thursdays at Newhall” series.

With the loss of the redevelopment program by the State, we are seeking new and creative ways to continue our revitalization of this area. Specifically, following the Old Town Newhall Specific Plan, which was created after extensive outreach to and input from the community, the City is interested in finding a development partner to build a mixed-use project, anchored by an art house movie theater, on the former redevelopment block property across from the Newhall Library. 

To achieve this, the City opened a Request for Qualifications to find a suitable development partner.  Five different developers submitted proposals, and those were narrowed down.  In July, the Santa Clarita City Council selected development partners to negotiate with; Laemmle Theatre for the potential development of a portion of the Redevelopment Block into a six-screen art house movie theater, and also with Serrano Development Group/Pacific Coast Housing Development for the potential development of a portion of the Redevelopment Block into a mixed-use project with new restaurants and retail stores on the first floor and residential units above.  A third portion of the Redevelopment Block is being proposed as a City-funded public parking structure.

While these negotiations are expected to take a few months, and nothing is set in stone, the goal is to bring proposals to the City Council for consideration later this year an all three projects. 

I would like to encourage you to stay engaged with the continued revitalization of our Old Town Newhall.  Visit www.oldtownnewhall.com for information about these development projects as well as events and happenings.

Thank you in advance for your continued interest and support of our City.  I can be reached at kstriplin@santa-clarita.com should you have any questions or comments.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Marsha McLean September 2015

 

Fall has arrived with all of the great City events you have come to know and enjoy.  Your City works hard to plan and implement workshops and programs that are family-friendly, informative and a great contributor to the amazing high quality of life we all enjoy. 

On Wednesday, September 9 we will commemorate our 10th annual Evening of Remembrance at the Youth Grove in Central Park. (For those that wish to participate in the Walk of Remembrance prior to the event, meet at the Central Park flagpole at 6:45 p.m.)  The Youth Grove—a project completed by the City, the Blue Ribbon Task Force and community members -- serves as a memorial and an education tool to promote safe driving among teens.  The Evening of Remembrance, which begins at 7:15 pm, seeks to encourage teens to drive safely.  The annual event is held to remember local youth who lost their lives in traffic-related incidents.  Visit santa-clarita.com/blueribbon for more information.

If you have a pet, you will want to attend the City’s Pet Preparedness Workshop on Tuesday, September 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library, 24500 Main Street.  The free workshop is open to everyone and will provide pet owners with everything they need to know to keep their furry friends safe in the event of a major emergency.  For more information, visit santa-clarita.com/emergency.

On Saturday, September 19, the City will once again host the annual River Rally event, beginning at 8 a.m.  River Rally is a community cleanup that attracts thousands of volunteers.  Participants help to clean up a portion of the Santa Clara River as well as participate in an Environmental Expo.  This year, volunteers will be cleaning up the River area behind the shopping center at 18386 Soledad Canyon Road in the Canyon Country area.  The City provides the gloves, trash bags and commemorative gifts.  For more information, visit GreenSantaClarita.com.

I hope you enjoy these terrific community events.  I enjoy hearing from you, so don’t hesitate to send me an email at: mmclean@santa-clarita.com.