Reseda will be one of four Los Angeles communities participating in the second round of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, which, with the aid of federal funds, attempts to create thriving “main streets” along transportation corridors.
In Reseda, a $300,000 grant will be used to make business areas along Reseda Boulevard and Sherman Way more pedestrian-friendly, according to City Councilwoman Laura Chick.
“I am thrilled that Reseda has been designated one of the new LANI areas,” Chick said in a written statement. “The LANI program will enable us to provide an attractive, pedestrian-oriented character to the Reseda central business district that will help enhance the entire Sherman Way corridor.”
Mayor Richard Riordan announced the newest LANI neighborhoods Monday at a news conference outside Canter’s restaurant in the Fairfax district. In addition to Reseda, $300,000 grants were announced for the Fairfax area, the Pico-Union area and the Vernon-Central Los Angeles area.
The LANI program, funded by the Federal Transportation Administration, was established in 1994 by Riordan to bring customers back to business areas that had been abandoned by pedestrians. Sun Valley and North Hollywood, which currently have LANI programs, were among the eight communities initially selected.
Some of the proposed projects for Reseda include improved lighting and signage, new landscaping and bus shelters.