Hollywood : Group to Help Retail Plan

Project for Public Spaces, a national organization specializing in improving and enhancing retail districts, will be aiding city officials in developing a plan to overhaul the retail section of Hollywood.

The group will contract with the Community Redevelopment Agency to find ways to make the famous thoroughfare more appealing to pedestrians and visitors. A communitywide meeting will be held in January to elicit ideas about events, celebrations and special programming, according to CRA officials.

At the invitation of City Councilman Michael Woo, project officials visited Hollywood Boulevard last month, meeting with merchants, property owners, representatives of local community organizations and members of a citizens advisory panel helping the CRA engineer the $922-million redevelopment plan for Hollywood.

Issues raised during those meetings included crime and safety, boulevard maintenance, street-scape improvements, Metro Rail construction, and the need to develop more projects like the Hollywood Farmers Market to draw people to Hollywood, CRA officials said.

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