At the December 12 city council meeting, the Alhambra City Council unanimously approved two contracts that would be funded by federal program income previously allocated to building a parking structure at Almansor Park.
The city council approved a contract with Union Station Homeless Services to provide case management to Alhambra's homeless for $200,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds. The contract will last until March 31, 2018. According to an email from City of Alhambra Public Information Officer Chris Paulson, outreach services should start by mid-January.
The city council also awarded a contract to Transtech Engineers to design crosswalk traffic control devices at Main Street and Valencia Street, Main Street and Cedar Street, Palm Avenue and Larch Street and Palm Avenue and Montezuma Avenue. Paulson told the Alhambra Source that these intersections had been chosen for their "proximity to schools, parks and hospitals" and that Transtech had previously designed high-intensity activated crosswalk system at 7th Street and Valley Boulevard. The city wants similar systems at these additional crosswalks as well.
The city originally intended to use $8 million in CDBG income from the sale of former redevelopment agency properties on new parking at Almansor Park. After considerable opposition, the city council abandoned those plans in late September, and announced plans to fund improvements to Almansor and Emery Park and to the city's sidewalks, streets and alleyways, as well as to provide homeless outreach services and traffic controls for pedestrian safety.
These plans to improve Almansor and Emery Park, as well as to repair city streets are now out for bid, with most bids due in January 2017.