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A Neighbor's Guide to Development
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Mayor's Clean-Up on Saturday, September 24, 2016
The Fall Mayor’s Clean-Up event was held on Saturday, September 24th. Volunteers met at Raymond Arbor Park to check in, get supplies and grab a snack. Approximately 40 volunteers walked the streets and gave a helping hand with the clean-up of the Southeast Residential Neighborhood on a beautiful, sunny day. Attending volunteers include members of the Sustainable City Committee, the Signal Hill Rotary, and Jessie Nelson Academy/Interact Club. Additionally, it was nice to see many Signal Hill residents and business owners who spent the morning helping out.
The City would like to extend a big thank you to all volunteers who donated their time and effort to keep our residential neighborhood clean and to Signal Hill Disposal for providing a trash dumpster for the event.
Trash picked up at the event was sent to a Material Recovery Facility where the materials will be sorted for recycling. Although the neighborhood was clean overall, volunteers filled one trash dumpster, which can hold approximately the same amount of trash as 20 standard trash cans!
Gundry Hill Affordable Housing – Under Construction
The Signal Hill Housing Authority has partnered with Meta Housing Corporation for construction of a new affordable housing project referred to as the Gundry Hill. Construction of the project began in December 2015 and is expected to be completed in May 2017.
Plans for the Gundry Hill project include the construction of 72 multi-family units for rent to extremely low, very low and low income households on an approximate 1.61-acre site at 1500 E. Hill Street, located south of E. Hill Street between Walnut and Gundry Avenues. The project features a community center, a large patio adjacent to the community center for events, a tot lot, a community garden and a flexible greenspace for active events like playing soccer or throwing Frisbees. Approximately ¼ of the site is open space.
Information regarding income requirements, availability and application process is now available from the affordable housing specialists, Solari Enterprises Inc. Please leave a message at (800) 801-8440, enter extension # 7204 at anytime of the recording to be placed on a waiting list. Solari Enterprises Inc. will reach out to people on the waiting list and provide further application information towards the end of 2016. For more information, please visit http://www.solari-ent.com/
Celebrating 2016 Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month is a month-long celebration of all aspects of building safety that helps families, employers and leaders understand and appreciate the best practices that keep the places where we live, work and play, safe.
This year's theme is Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience and Safety
Each week of Building Safety Month spotlights a specific area of building Safety:
Week One (May 2-8, 2016) - Building Solutions for All Ages
Week Two (May 9-15, 2016) - The Science Behind the Codes
Week Three (May 16-22, 2016) - Learn from the Past, Building for Tomorrow
Week Four (May 23-29, 2016) - Building Codes: A Smart Investment
The campaign is presented by the ICC and its 57,000 members worldwide along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. For more information and materials, please visit www.buildingsafetymonth.org
Update on Kaiser Permanente Medical Office
The City would like to welcome Kaiser Permanente to the Signal Hill community. Kaiser Permanente will be opening a medical office in Signal Hill at 845 E. Willow Street. They will occupy the newly constructed two-story, approximately 18,000-square-foot medical office building. Kaiser Permanente is set to open its doors to patients on June 29, 2016. A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting event was held on June 22, 2016.
The healthcare services that will be offered at the location include:
• Adult primary care
• Behavioral health
• Blood draw
• Nurse clinic
• X-ray services
• Telephone appointments and video visits
No emergency services will be offered at the location. For more information, visit www.kp.org/signalhill
Mayor's Clean-Up on Saturday, March 12, 2016
The Mayor’s Clean-Up was held on Saturday, March 12th with a basecamp at the Fresh & Easy parking lot. Approximately 50 volunteers walked the streets and gave a helping hand with the clean-up of the Crescent Heights Historic District on a beautiful day. Attending volunteers include members of the Sustainable City Committee; the Signal Hill Rotary and its youth organization, Interact Club; and the Long beach Islamic Center. Additionally, it was nice to see quite a few Signal Hill residents and business owners who spent the morning helping out.
The Crescent Heights Historic District was established in 2002. It is envisioned as an enclave of turn-of-the-century homes in a historically styled neighborhood. Currently, there are seven historic homes in the neighborhood with the remainder being vacant land.
Special thanks to all the volunteers who participated and Signal Hill Disposal for providing trash dumpster and Signal Hill Petroleum, Inc. for lending the Fresh & Easy site as a basecamp for the event.
2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count - Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The 2016 Los Angeles Homeless Count event was held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness, document the number and location of homeless persons or makeshift shelters in the City, and provide the data to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The Community Development Department hosted the event and provided coordination, training and volunteers. The Police Department provided drivers. The 3-hour event included orientation, training, and a driving route.
Our thanks to all who helped with this essential event.
Free Mulch Pick-Up Day on November 7, 2015
In an effort to promote water conservation in landscaping, the Sustainable City Committee partnered with the Public Works Department and West Coast Arborist for the first Free Mulch Pick-up Day for Signal Hill residents, which was held on Saturday, November 7th at parking lot at 2236 Legion Drive.
If you missed this event, click here
for more information on Long Beach Mulch Pick-Up Program and water saving tips.
National Community Planning Month
During the month of October we celebrated National Community Planning Month, the purpose of which is to highlight planning activities and elevate the role of planning in our community.
This year’s theme was Healthy Communities, Healthy People
Mayor's Clean-Up on Saturday, October 17, 2015
The Mayor’s Clean-Up was held on Saturday, October 17th with a base camp at Reservoir Park. We had 27 volunteers who gave a helping hand with the clean-up of the North End neighborhood. The volunteers walked all streets of the area on a beautiful day followed by refreshments back at the park. Thank you all for participating in this event to keep our City clean and beautiful!
BMW Dealership - Now Open
The new BMW auto dealership is now open at 1660 E. Spring Street. The facility encompasses approximately 5 acre site at the southeast corner of Spring Street and Walnut Avenue.
The new dealership features:
• 77,180 sq. ft. building including a sales area and showroom, parts storage area, enclosed service/repair shop and car wash area
• 338 parking spaces
• Future 2-story parking structure and rooftop parking
Sonic Automotive operates the BMW and MINI dealerships at Spring Street and Cherry Avenue. The new dealership at 1660 E. Spring Street allows BMW and MINI to expand their operations and vehicle inventory. BMW has relocated to the new site and MINI will expand their operations at the Cherry Avenue site.
Workshop on Community Preferences for Alternatives to Turf
Generally speaking, residential yards are planted with turf which has a high water demand as compared to more water efficient landscaping design alternatives.
To encourage water conservation upgrades at existing properties, the City will be developing guidelines that will include best practices and incorporate the preferences that approximately 30 attendees identified at the workshop on July 14, 2015. The State is requiring that the City revise landscape standards for new development. Under the Model Ordinance developed by the State, turf will be eliminated as an option at new commercial development and be limited at new residential projects. The City is obligated to adopt the Model Ordinance by November. Hearings for the adoption of the Model and the presentation of the guidelines to the Planning Commission Ordinance will be posted on the website.
2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
On the evening of January 28th, the City participated in a count of the homeless in our community. The volunteers, who were instrumental in making the event a success, were recognized at the February 10th Planning Commission meeting. At the meeting, Commissioners Rose Richárd and Devon Austin, who also served by contributing their time, gave a brief report about the process and tally provided by the volunteers to help update the snapshot of homeless persons.
Members of the Signal Hill Police Department supported the count by mapping routes in advance, and then driving with volunteers through all streets and alleys, and nearby parks and open areas.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to the volunteers and Commissioners Austin and Richárd. The Commission also acknowledged the efforts of the Police Department, without which the Count would not have been possible.
The purpose of the Count was to raise awareness about the City’s homeless persons in order to increase resources for the homeless in our community. Our thanks to all who assisted with this important event!
Southland Developers Learn to Coexist with Quake Faults - Los Angeles Times
Over the last 20 years, the plateau atop Signal Hill has been transformed from a gritty industrial zone into an upscale neighborhood of homes, parks and hiking trails.
Where hundreds of oil wells once stood, joggers and photographers navigate popular walkways and trails that meander around gated communities with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and the L.A. Basin. Read on