Complete Boulevard SANDAG Smart Growth project is underway in the
Little Saigon District. The El Cajon Boulevard BIA, through the
Mid-City Community Parking District, partnered with the City of
San Diego on the Complete Boulevard SANDAG Smart Growth Grant and
was awarded $175,000 for improvements in the Little Saigon District.
Boulevard Planning Study will work with the City Heights and Talmadge
communities to propose multi-modal mobility infrastructure improvements
within the El Cajon Boulevard corridor between Highland Avenue and
50th Street, and will produce a planning study that includes preliminary
engineering drawings for the highest priority improvements. The
mobility infrastructure improvements envisioned for the corridor
are intended to help realize the transformative potential of the
Rapid Bus service in Mid-City by creating a more walkable, bikeable,
and transit-friendly street corridor. The section of El Cajon Boulevard
that is the focus of this project encompasses the Little Saigon
District, and this planning study will identify urban design improvements
that will help highlight this district and enhance the corridor's
existing character. Learn more on the Project
Boulevard study is required to be fully completed by the 1/29/2017
provides the task items and schedule to be completed:
Conceptual Plans -September 2016
Engineering Drawings for Specific High Priority Locations
Study -November 2016
Study -January 2017
End Traffic Calming, Walkability and Parking Study
Through a community
process, the MCCPD has selected and contracted with KTU+A to study
the west end of El Cajon Boulevard.The project addresses the following
issues between Park Blvd to I-805.
31, 2012- Project kick-off meeting. There was an overview
of the study area with discussions and input on problem areas and
ongoing projects or changes expected that the team should now about.
There was also an initial review of walk time zones for transit,
for public facilities, for major employment and major retail locations.
13, 2012- A stakeholder meeting was held to go over constraint
and opportunity mapping results, collision data and preliminary
MCCPD will facilitate the installation of bike corrals in the district.
Locations will be announced once City approval is gained.
23, 2011- An application to evaluate a location on
Louisiana Street, adjacent to the Lafayette Hotel has been submitted.
Several attempts have been made to check on the status of this
process. City staff is unresponsive.
16, 2012- The project is moving forward. The Mid City
Community Parking District has ordered 6 inverted U racks. City
staff will be installing the corral on Louisiana Street, adjacent
to the Lafayette Hotel. The North Park LMD has agreed to pay
to clean and maintain the corral.
26, 2012- City crews have installed the first bike
corral in the district on Louisiana St, adjacent to the Lafayette
Hotel. The racks were purchased with Mid-City Community Parking
funds and the installation was funded by a SANDAG grant to the
City. The North Park Landscape Maintenance District will be
responsible for cleaning the corrals.
Bike the Boulevard fills the corral at the Lafayette hotel stop
Gloria was at Bike the Boulevard to celebrate the corral.
installing the bike corral
The first parklet
project to be funded by the MCCPD is located on Alabama Street in
front of Mama’s Lebanese Bakery and the Live Wire. The design
includes landscaping, seating and bike amenities that will be both
functional and engaging for the community. Parklets incorporate
traffic calming and walkability amenities in one structure. This
project is a partnership between The Mid-City Community Parking
District, The El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association,
and the business owners, which exemplifies the support and interest
in carrying this project through for the benefit of the community
Just in time
for Park(ing) Day, Friday, September 19th, The City of San Diego's
second permitted parklet was installed.
Todd Gloria, Eddie Haidar (Mama's Bakery), Tootie Thomas (Lips),
Jorge Michios (parklet designer), and Sam Chammas (Live Wire)
at the opening ceremony
(90 Degree) Parking
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In 2006, the Mid-City Community Parking District hired The Mission
explore converting side streets to 90 degree head in angle parking.
Street Head-In Parking Pilot Project
This project installed
head-in parking along two blocks of Kansas Street, just north of El
Cajon Boulevard. Head-in parking is similar to the more familiar diagonal
parking (that is in more common use), except that the spaces will
be perpendicular to the curb. Kansas Street was selected because it
is one of the wider streets in the area. The east side of the street
will continue to be parallel parking as it is now.
The project has
been developed in conjunction with the City of San Diego traffic engineers.
They will monitor and evaluate the change. If for any reason it causes
unanticipated problems it can be discontinued. If, however, it is
well received it could be expanded to other wide streets in the area
such as Utah and Oregon Streets.
2011- A pilot project for the block of Kansas, just east
of El Cajon Boulevard will be installed in the coming months. If
the community likes the 90 degree parking configuration, a second
block will be added.
2011 - The Kansas Street pilot project has been installed
between El Cajon Boulevard and Meade Ave. The number of parking
spaces increased from 16 to 32. The project will be evaluated for
5, 2012 - After positive feedback from the community, the
MCCPD has requested that phase 2 of Kansas be installed. Assuming
positive feedback will result from phase 2, additional side streets
will be converted to head-in parking
- Phase 2 of Kansas St has been installed. Plans for additional
streets are currently in the works.
member Gloria with City crews at the Kansas St, Phase 2 installation
Kansas St, Phase
Kansas St, Phase
Kansas St, Phase
Street Head-In Parking
2012- A request was submitted to the City of San Diego
to evaluate Oregon Street (from University Avenue to Adams Avenue)
for conversion to 90 degree head in parking.
2013- Analysis of the conversion was received from the
City stating there is a potential gain of over 100 spaces
2013- Maps to distribute to property owners for feedback
were received from the City.
2013- Property owner information was compiled by the MCCPD
for Phase Two using GIS and notices were prepared and sent.
– Lincoln (east side)
Total Existing Spaces = 20
Total Proposed Spaces = 42
Total Gain of Spaces = 22
Cajon – Howard (east side)
Total Existing Spaces = 14
Total Proposed Spaces = 31
Total Gain of Spaces = 17
– El Cajon (east side)
Total Existing Spaces = 15
Total Proposed Spaces = 34
Total Gain of Spaces = 19
– Monroe (east side)
Total Existing Spaces = 12
Total Proposed Spaces = 27
Total Gain of Spaces = 15
potential gain of 73 spaces
2013- Notices were mailed to property owners by the MCCPD.
The City of San Diego was listed as the entity to contact for questions
and objections. After a 30 day waiting period, 2 objections were
Notification Process: Petitions were mailed to the
92 property owners on both sides of the affected blocks of Oregon
St. The property owner addresses on record with the San Diego
County Assessor’s office were used. After a 30-day input
period, the City of San Diego received two objection letters
and 7 “undeliverable” returns ( referred to as “returns”
below). So as to err on the side of caution, the City has counted
the undeliverable returns as objections for the purposes of
determining the required approval ratio.
University to Lincoln – 2 objections and 2 returns/42
notices = 90%
El Cajon to Howard – 1 return/4 = 75%
El Cajon to Meade – 3 returns/27 = 88%
Madison to Monroe – 1 return/19 = 94%
2013- Phase One blocks with standard angle to head in parking
conversion (not requiring mailed notices) go before the North Park
Planning Committee Public Facilities, Transportation, Parks, and
Public Art Subcommittee and full committee. Both groups approve
2014- Work order issued for Phase One to convert standard
angle to 90 degree head in parking.
2014- Phase One is installed. This included:
– Madison (east side)
Total Gain of Spaces = 6
– Meade (east side)
Total Gain of Spaces = 5
– Lincoln (east side)
Total Gain of Spaces = 21
gain of 32 spaces
2014- Phase Two goes before the North Park Planning Committee
Public Facilities, Transportation, Parks, and Public Art Subcommittee
and the full committee.
for the North Park Planning Committee Public Facilities, Transportation,
Parks, and Public Art Subcommittee meeting were sent to the
two objectors and posted on all four of the affected blocks.
Both groups approve project.
are being prepared to go before City Council.
Avenue Angle Parking
The MCPMD has
worked with the Kensington/Talmadge Community Planning Committee to
create angle parking along the east side of Euclid Avenue between
Monroe Street and El Cajon Boulevard. As the project progressed the
Talmadge Beautification Committee became interested in redesigning
the very confusing and well used intersection at Euclid and Monroe.
Several designs have been developed for consideration by City traffic
officials. The purpose of this project is to increase available parking
and to enhance both pedestrian and vehicular safety at the intersection.
2000- The MCCPD was approached by the Talmadge Beautification
Committee regarding a traffic calming proposal for Euclid Avenue
between El Cajon Boulevard and Monroe Avenue.
2001- Initial concept was developed by the MCCPD and submitted
to the City of San Diego to restripe Euclid Avenue from parallel
to head in parking. The project would have a gain of over 30 spaces
with the installation of angled parking on both sides of Euclid
2002 - Euclid plans resubmitted to City Traffic Engineering
2003- After several revisions and attempts to settle on
a process to install angle parking, the MCCCPD mailed petitions
to property owners. Although no standard exists, the City asked
for 75% approval to proceed.
2005- The project was held back due to the inability to
gain approval of property owners on the east side of Euclid Avenue.
To this extent, we submitted a follow-up requests to the City’s
Streets Division regarding the 75% standard created to be used for
gaining approval. Ultimately, the pilot project for Kansas St.,
along with other efforts through the Parking Advisory Board, would
lead to work towards an Angle PArking Ordinance.
2011 - The project is reestablished with support from KenTal
2012- The Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group voted 12-0
to endorse the installation of diagonal striping for parking along
both sides of the 4400 block of Euclid Avenue, between El Cajon
Boulevard and Monroe Avenue.
2012- Petitions circulated obtained the required signatures
and was approved by the City .Ken-Tal Planning Group voted in approval
of this improvement ea. Attached is their "endorsement "letter
of "reverse diagonal parking., also requesting that this improvement
be installed as soon as possible.
2013- City Council approved the project
2013- The revere angle parking was installed on the east
side of Euclid Avenue and included a marked bike lane.
Existing Spaces = 35
Total Proposed Spaces = 47 Total Gain of Spaces = 12
The MCCPD facilitated
the installation of countdown indicators at 32 intersections on Adams
Ave and El Cajon Blvd. Indicators for 26 intersections have were installed
in 2010. The City managed the purchase and installation of the units
with Mid-City Community Parking District funds. A remanding 6 countdown
indicators require additional time due to complicated installations
and CalTrans permit issues. Funding for the project comes entirely
from the Mid-City Community Parking District meter allocation.
Mid-City Community Parking District has received requests from the
community to install bike racks within the district. Locations have
been selected with help from local stakeholders, including bicycle
advocates. Promoting alternative forms of transportation, such as
biking, will reduce parking demand.
MCCPD purchased the racks and City crews did the installation.
Media Arts Center
City Bike Racks
MCCPD advocated for the purchase and installation of 24 bike racks
at locations in the public right away within the district.
The Mid-City Community
Parking District successfully installed a speed indicator on Adams
Ave at Hamilton St in 2008. The positive traffic calming results from
that indicator has led the district into seeking additional locations.
Close to 100 business
owners responded to the survey concerning transit and parking
(download the results here). In general, businesses do not want
to lose a lane for transit only vehicles, nor do they think a transit
station in front of their business is a good idea.
On the subject
of parking, there was general agreement that more is needed, and in
convenient, well maintained locations.
was some acceptance of the use of parking meters, provided that the
revenue comes back to the area to solve parking problems, and provided
that the rates are fair.
will be noticed to all of those expressing interest via returned surveys.
Working with the
Normal Heights Community Planning Committee, the MCPMD has undertaken
an evaluation of the 4500 block of Hawley Boulevard with an eye toward
increasing the availability of parking, improving pedestrian safety
and adding landscaping as a byproduct. A new concept was developed
which utilizes parallel parking in the medians. The plan has been
conceptually approved by City traffic engineers, but needs City support
to move forward.
Ave Parking Lot
Working with the
Adams Avenue Business Association, the MCPMD contributed partial financial
assistance in constructing an off-street parking lot on Felton Street,
immediately south of Adams Avenue. An amount of $2,500 was contributed
to the project in the form of assistance to reconstruct a curb, gutter
and sidewalk, along with a landscaping component. The property owner
paid for demolition and for the site improvements that has resulted
in additional parking spaces becoming available.
The El Cajon Boulevard
Business Improvement Association worked with the Mid-City Parking
Management District to find locations where driveways have been closed
off to use. Letters were sent to owners of property adjacent to these
driveways, reminding them that funds from the parking district can
be used to remove the driveway, with no cost to them. While the City
suggests that this work can be done without the adjacent owners' consent,
the Boulevard BIA notified owners on three different occasions. No
driveway will be replaced with curbing where an owner objects. Six
driveways were successfully removed which increased on-street parking
on El Cajon Boulevard.