|Covina Redevelopement Agency|
The Covina Redevelopment Agency (Agency) works to eliminate blight, provide required qualifying housing related activities, and encourage the economic development of the community. The Agency uses cost effective redevelopment actions and coordinated community marketing efforts through the leveraging of Agency, City, County, State, Federal and private funding sources in order to accomplish this goal. The Covina Redevelopment Agency is ready to work with you.
2011 DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Olson Citrus Walk Project
A new mixed-use development is planned for Downtown Covina. The project will be built at Citrus, School and Italia Streets and will consist of 49 residential units, 8 of which will be low-moderate income units. 8,300 square feet of retail space, fronting on Citrus Avenue, will be constructed with 12 residential units above. A portion of School Street will be vacated and a cul-de-sac built. Access to the Covina Police Department will remain intact. Entrances to the existing parking lot can be accessed via School Street from Second Avenue or from San Bernardino Road.
Project Developer, The Olson Company, plans to begin construction in early 2011. Estimated time for completion is 27 months. The Olson Company will continue to work hand-in-hand with the Covina Redevelopment Agency and City Departments to bring this exciting new project to fruition. The finished project is sure to enliven and rejuvenate the Downtown area and help to bolster the local economy, making it an exciting place to live, shop, dine, and play!
The Citrus Walk project also provided a way for the Agency to partner with the Covina Valley Unified School District on a new $1.3 million dollar joint project for the District to construct a new Industrial Arts Center at its Fairvalley alternative education program site. Planning for this project will begin shortly and construction completion is anticipated in 2013. In addition to a new welding center, the District plans at least three additional career paths at the site. The learning center will be available to students in both adult education and high school programs. Staff is working with the District on a temporary location for their welding school to continue during this transitional period.
Downtown Civic Center Park, which will be renamed, “Heritage Plaza,” will be redesigned and renovation will begin in spring 2011. The renovation is expected to take approximately four months to complete. Special care was taken during design to make the park better functioning and to preserve the existing tree that is located on the corner of Citrus and San Bernardino Road that is decorated with Christmas lights annually. The new design will add more trees to the park, while retaining as many existing trees as possible.
New amenities will include a beautified town square courtyard with a shade tree as a main focal point in addition to an all-concrete courtyard to better accommodate events and visitors. A tot lot, new restroom facilities, and platform stage where open-air performances can be held is also planned. A meandering Heritage Walk will be designed which will include historical City elements.
Funding for the park improvements will come from Redevelopment Agency Public Purpose Bond funds and a Parks and Recreation grant from the State of California Land and Water Conservation Fund Program. No General Funds will be used for the project.
Find out what opportunities await you in Covina by going to our Economic Development Web Page: Visit www.CovinaOpportunity.com to learn more!
Covina Redevelopment Agency Documents