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    WeHo City to Hold Open House on Willoughby, Vista/Gardner, and Kings Street Design Plan

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    The City of West Hollywood is holding an Informational Open House on the Willoughby, Vista/Gardner, and Kings Street Design Concept Plan. The purpose of this in-person open house is to provide community members with detailed information regarding the Street Design Concept Plan and share an overview of the project’s steps taken to-date and next steps, moving forward.

    The Informational Open House will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 6 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center in Rooms 1 and 2, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Drop-in; no advance RSVP is needed. Light refreshments will be served.

    The City of West Hollywood’s mobility projects are guided by the adopted Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan, which advocates for comfortable, safe, healthy, and convenient places to walk and bicycle in the context of a balanced, multimodal transportation network serving pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists of all ages and abilities.

    The Street Design Concept Plan was identified as a priority project in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan, and it launched in 2019. The project’s primary objective is to enhance the neighborhood and protect the safety of both pedestrians and cyclists through strategic street improvements across the corridor. This comprehensive streetscape initiative aims to create safer, more accessible routes for walking and biking while effectively reducing cut-through traffic. By transforming Kings Road and Vista/Gardner Streets into key connecting corridors, the Street Design Concept Plan facilitates a seamless link between residential and commercial areas and east-west routes like Santa Monica Boulevard and Fountain Avenue. This connectivity not only supports a healthier, more active community but also promotes environmental sustainability and enriches local quality of life.

    The Street Design Concept Plan is the first project stage in the development of the Willoughby, Vista/Gardner, and Kings Street Design Capital Improvement Project. With the recent approval of the Street Design Concept Plan by the West Hollywood City Council, the Plan now moves forward to the Design & Engineering Phase, where concepts will be developed in much more detail. This includes the development and incorporation of detailed engineering plans, specifications, and cost estimates that will serve as the blueprint for project construction. The next stage of the project will determine the feasibility of the conceptual project elements from the Street Design Concept Plan and allow for additional insight into any refinements that may need to be incorporated into the project’s final design.

    The Community Engagement and Plan Development Process to date has included:

    • The Willoughby, Vista/Gardner, and Kings project was identified in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan adopted in 2017, and outreach on the Concept Plan for these streets began with a visioning workshop in Summer 2019.
    • The project was delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, but in August 2022 the City hosted two community virtual workshops. Feedback and survey responses guided recommendations.
    • In 2022, demonstration projects were installed along Willoughby as an alternative way to share ideas and provide community input.
    • In addition to the community workshops, staff also met with residents to share information about the project. City staff attended multiple update meetings with the City of Los Angeles, including Council District 5 and the Mid-City West Neighborhood Council.
    • As part of the demonstration project and community workshops in 2022, Here LA and the City’s WeHoTV collaborated to put together an engagement video to help community members envision potential street changes and improvements.
    • In April 2023, based on feedback from the community, City staff finalized the report and recommendations to include protected bike lanes along Vista/Gardner, except for the two blocks between Fountain and Lexington, which were excluded due to the potential loss of parking along this segment.
    • Staff presented these recommendations to the Transportation & Mobility Commission in June 2023, and the Commission expressed its support.
    • In November 2023, the West Hollywood City Council directed staff to develop a policy to include protected bike lanes on all roadway projects. Following this directive, staff developed a protected bike lane option for Gardner between Fountain and Lexington.
    • In March 2024, staff presented the Street Design Concept Plan to the West Hollywood City Council with two options for Gardner between Fountain and Lexington, including one with the addition of protected bike lanes.

    The City of West Hollywood will be providing additional community outreach opportunities, moving forward, to refine concepts as part of the upcoming Design & Engineering Phase. In particular, the City will be looking for ways to address issues of concern, including minimizing impacts to on-street parking.

    For additional information about the Street Design Concept Plan, please visit the Engage WeHo information and feedback page, which is located at https://engage.weho.org/willoughby.

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    Lynne
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    2 months ago

    Gardner Street residents have been blindsided by this. We cannot afford the loss of one parking spot. Our safety as residents should be the focus of concern here. With no viable options for other parking that allows us to be safe, this plan does not work!

    Chris
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    2 months ago

    I want to clarify a few things as a resident in the affected area. The decision to remove our parking was added to this timeline in 2024 according to a city employee and no residents were made aware prior to the vote. This is on record from the March city council meeting. By mandating protected only bike lanes, the city has removed all grey area from this issue. Our neighborhood has a very large elderly and differently abled population that can’t utilize bike lanes but absolutely needs our parking. We all want safer streets for everyone but this feels as… Read more »

    Susan Hornung
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    2 months ago

    Hi. I live on the effected portion of Gardner Street where the impact of the plan will be intense. The above description mentions community input was received but I’d like it noted that I was not informed or reached out to during 2019-2024 by the council. I’m glad that they are reaching out now. There will be significant residential parking loss to accommodate these plans and there is local traffic among those “cut-through” traffic patterns that will also be diminished. I’m looking forward to hearing how the council plans to supplement the lost residential parking and why my commute corridors… Read more »

    Sharpblond
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    2 months ago

    Despite billions spent by US cities on traffic safety programs like Project Zero, traffic fatalities have actually increased at the fast level in decades. CBS News analyzed data on every U.S. traffic-related death from 2016 to 2021 and found little to no difference in the number of deaths in most cities that adopted Vision Zero. LA was one city that fared the worst. When are we going to admit that most of these “plans” are just fiscal boondoggles?

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    Tom
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    2 months ago

    We have a Kings Street?

    Stephanie Harker
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    2 months ago

    Exact! Last time I checked it was Kings Road.

    Last edited 2 months ago by Stephanie Harker
    Paulo Murillo
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    Reply to  Stephanie Harker
    2 months ago

    The City of West Hollywood is calling it “The Willoughby, Vista/Gardner, and Kings Street Design Concept Plan” the word “street” following Kings is referring to the Street Design Concept Plan and not referring to Kings Road as Kings Street. We are ALL very familiar with Kings Road.

    S. J. Harker
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    Reply to  Paulo Murillo
    2 months ago

    it is a lack of clear communication by the city. It should read ….Kings Road Street Design Concept Plan. Wouldn’t you agree?

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