Greenleaf Avenue Opens Up for Two-Way Traffic; Plans Being Finalized for Permanent Streetscape

Greenleaf Avenue Opens Up for Two-Way Traffic; Plans Being Finalized for Permanent Streetscape

Beginning May 2, the barricades will come down and Greenleaf Avenue will once again have vehicular traffic flowing in both directions, as well as parking available in front of restaurants, shops and professional services that are located along the main corridor in Uptown Whittier.

After two years of having the main thoroughfare closed in order to provide an opportunity for restaurants and retailers to expand their capacity outdoors during the COVID pandemic, the temporary structures have been dismantled to allow for cars to flow freely in both directions.

All of this is happening as City Council members and City staff work to finalize plans and designs for a permanent, upgraded Greenleaf Promenade.

After years of consideration and public input, the vision to create a walkable streetscape plan with outdoor dining options, including inviting design elements which make Uptown a one-of-a-kind exciting destination for residents, businesses, and visitors, is one step closer.

Currently, a design has been chosen and staff is working to apply the streetscape plan to Greenleaf Avenue from Wardman to Hadley inclusive of paving and wider sidewalks, intersection and crosswalk design, enhanced landscape, sustainable hardscape and perimeter seating, upgraded lighting, and designated green park space. Next, there will be an environmental review, followed by the project going out to bid in late fall, with construction anticipated to begin in early 2024.

The Whittier Chamber, Whittier Uptown Association and Uptown Whittier Improvement Association have been working together for many years to advocate for this project and have encouraged the City Council to make it a top priority.

“Uptown Whittier is the heart of our community and the original business center of Whittier,” explained Justin Tipton, Operations Manager of the Whittier Uptown Association. “I work in Uptown, live nearby, and, as many others know, improvements are needed. We have some fantastic restaurants, retailers, and services in Uptown. That’s why I am thrilled about the upcoming changes and investment in Uptown. The new promenade represents so much more than just

physical improvements; it symbolizes a bright future for our community. It’s an opportunity for our beloved business district to thrive once again, creating more jobs, attracting new visitors, and fostering a sense of pride and excitement among us all. I am grateful to see the City of Whittier’s commitment to revitalizing Uptown, and I eagerly await the positive impact it will have on our community,” Tipton said.

“This is an exciting time for Uptown Whittier,” exclaimed Melinda Piña, President of the Uptown Whittier Improvement Association. “The Promenade plans are beautiful and the end result will benefit businesses, property owners, residents, the community, and the entire City of Whittier. As we embark on this journey, I look forward to the continuing collaboration between the UWIA, WUA, the Chamber, and the City to make this project a success. This will truly be a community endeavor and I am confident the new Promenade will promote athriving economic district,” Piña added.

While the plans for the permanent Promenade call for a hybrid of street openings and closures, Greenleaf Avenue will be fully open 7 days a week, except for temporary closures for special events such as the Uptown Christmas parade, until construction begins.

“We encourage Whittier residents to continue to Shop Local and support local businesses,” explained Gregg Durkee, Whittier Chamber Board Chair. “There are great things ahead for our community and we are very excited about the future of Uptown.”


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