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Civic SD moving forward on urban community projects

Civic San Diego announced Monday it is initiating community improvement projects with grants awarded from the San Diego Association of Governments.

Civic San Diego’s Euclid and Market Complete Streets Master Plan, 14th Street Pedestrian Promenade Demonstration Block and Sixth Avenue Bridge Promenade are the three projects that will share $2.5 million from SANDAG’s Smart Growth and Active Transportation grants.

These projects are intended to develop neighborhood infrastructure that improves the quality of life in urban communities.

The Euclid and Market Complete Streets Master Plan will get $300,000. The money will be used to produce a complete streets master plan for the Euclid and Market Community Center. The final phase of planning will include streetscape designs to improve walkability, promote safety, provide access to transit and create new bike lanes.

The 14th Street Pedestrian Promenade Demonstration Block project will get $1 million and will help fund the design and construction of the first block of the 14th Street Pedestrian Promenade, connecting San Diego City College with the Barrio Logan neighborhood through the East Village neighborhood.

The Sixth Avenue Bridge Promenade will get $200,000 to complete a feasibility study and conceptual design for an improved pedestrian walkway from downtown to Balboa Park.

Current visions for the plan include a widened sidewalk, landscaping, benches and trellises along Sixth Avenue over Interstate 5. The project would also eliminate the hazardous free left turn from the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp onto Sixth Avenue, improving pedestrian safety.

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