The City of Santa Clarita celebrated the grand opening of “Main Street”.
The roadways have been restriped, new traffic signals and signs have been added, and San Fernando Road has been renamed causing locals to acclimate to a new traffic pattern heading down San Fernando Road, which is now, “Main Street”.
“Newhall is a place rich in history and fill of meaning to the people of Santa Clarita. The revitalization of Old Town Newhall is about preserving the area’s history and authenticity while bringing in new businesses and creating a “pedestrian” friendly area,” commented Mayor Marsha McLean.
Recent improvements in downtown Newhall include: Railroad Avenue expanding from two lanes to four and Main Street shrinking from four lanes to two, allowing for back-in angle parking in front of shops.
Additionally, stop signs have been added on every intersection along Main Street to limit and slow traffic though the redeveloping business district.
Newhall drivers heading east on Lyons Avenue must now turn left on Railroad if they want to head north to Canyon Country, Saugus, and Valencia, as the section of San Fernando through Downtown Newhall now ends at Lyons Avenue.
“With more parking and a walker-friendly shopping, restaurants, and arts district, Old Town Newhall will soon be a destination location for locals and visitors,” said Mayor McLean.
With participation from residents, business, and community leaders, the City developed an extensive plan to revitalize and energize the “Old Town” Newhall area.
The Redevelopment Plan establishes a variety of goals for redevelopment of the area. These goals include: enhancing the role of Newhall as a community center, building a place to appreciate, improving the appearance of the project area, expanding the convenience to residents and businesses and comparison/specialty economic niches and stimulating economic growth.
Looking into the future, visitors to Old Town Newhall can anticipate a new and expanded library as well as more public art including murals depicting Santa Clarita’s Western and Spanish history.
To take a look at the full draft downtown Newhall Specific Plan, check out the City's website at www.santa-clarita.com.