SLO spending nearly $600,000 on improving one city block
November 24, 2014
The San Luis Obispo City Council has opted to spend nearly $600,000 on improvements to a single block of Higuera Street, three years after it spent more than $700,000 on renovating two adjacent blocks. [Tribune]
Last week, the council voted 4-0 to authorize $584,000 toward sidewalk reconstruction and the addition of bicycle racks, tree gates, trash cans and other amenities to both sides of Higuera Street between Garden and Broad Streets. Councilman Dan Carpenter recused himself from the vote because he owns property near the project area.
Three years ago, the council spent $704,741 on similar improvements to Higuera Street between Morro and Garden streets. The current phase of renovation is considered a completion of the project.
Workers will begin the second round of improvements in February, which will consist primarily of installing Mission-style sidewalks. Workers will also install lighting conduits and remove four trees from the block that are in declining health.
Higuera Street will lose a ficus, a carrotwood and two avocado trees. The project includes the planting of one additional tree.
During the first phase of the project, workers added lights to the trees in the two-block stretch. The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association pays $5,000 a year to keep the trees lit, but organization president Dominic Tartaglia says it cannot yet afford to add lights to the third block that will be renovated.