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City to receive $2.75M in new grant funding

The city of San Diego, in partnership with Civic San Diego, will receive a combined $2.75 million TransNet Smart Growth Incentive and Active Transportation Grant.

The San Diego Association of Governments selected seven capital improvement or planning projects that will receive full or partial funding.

These grants are in addition to the 29 grants -- portfolio valued at $19.3 million -- actively managed by the city of San Diego Planning Department.

The seven projects to receive funding include:

• San Ysidro Signs ($350,000) -- This project will design directional signs at the new San Ysidro Port of Entry, helping visitors locate public services, popular destinations and transportation options.

• Grantville Trolley Station/Alvarado Creek Enhancement Project ($400,000) -- This project will restore Alvarado Creek, including the enhancement of the pedestrian and bicycle experience between future transit-oriented developments and the Grantville Trolley Station.

• Pacific Beach Greenways, Parks and Transit ($400,000) -- This project will expand open space and mobility opportunities in Pacific Beach through safety enhancements, expanded beach access, improvements to the boardwalk and integration of arts in urban design.

• Kearny Mesa Smart Growth Employment Area Plan ($105,000) -- This project will develop and update the land-use and zoning strategy to expand area employment potential and identify suitable areas for transit-oriented development.

• Euclid and Market Complete Streets Master Plan ($300,000) -- The project will help finalize the Streets Master Plan for the Euclid and Market Community Center, helping to attract businesses, improve safety, boost economic development and fulfill the smart growth vision for the neighborhood.

• 14th Street Pedestrian Promenade Demonstration Block ($1 million) -- This project will design and construct the first block of the 14th Street Promenade that will link City College to Barrio Logan through East Village, while connecting several existing and future park sites.

• Sixth Avenue Bridge Promenade Feasibility and Conceptual Design ($200,000) -- The project will design an enhanced pedestrian connection between downtown and Bankers Hill/Balboa Park via Sixth Avenue. The preliminary concept includes an enhanced pedestrian pathway or promenade with widened sidewalks, landscaping, benches and trellises.

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