With Christmas Carolers providing a musical background, the City of Santa Clarita dedicated another segment of Main Street as the last part of streetscape repairs were completed.
Standing at the corner of Lyons Avenue and Main Street, Mayor Marsha McLean welcomed the small crowd of merchants, customers and community leaders who gathere to celebrate.
Those represented had patiently waited until the two-year project of replacing cement sidewalks with bricks, wood planking, planters, benches and street lights was complete and are hopeful that the improvements will bring more pedestrian traffic to the area.
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“The work is not finished, but amazing progress has been made,” McLean said.
Tim Crissman, President of the Old Town Newhall Association, was optimistic as well.
“It really is a transformation,” he said. “We want to thank everyone who worked on this and who helped them realize a dream.”
Crissman said that teamwork and enthusiasm on the part of merchants and other stakeholders in the area would be key to the area’s success.
“It takes the entire community partnering and encouraging the people who aren’t here to come down and see what Old Newhall is all about. We’ve got people like Bobbi Jean from Out West Marketing who is out there all the time and we’re excited to announce that today is also the opening for Pulchello Wine Tasting Room, which is a few doors from Bobbi’s store.
“A year from now, we will look back and realize this was money well spent,” he concluded.
And with that, McLean assembled some of the usual suspects, who were all smiles, for a photo op with a red ribbon and pair of scissors. As the ribbon fell, she called to all to follow her down to the Farmer’s Market, which was in progress at Market Street.
Some of the participants wandered over to four gourmet food trucks parked in front of Billy’s on the opposite corner. The food truck phenomena has already created a buzz – and long lines – on Wednesday evenings near Brave New World Comics.
While diners – and reporters – sampled some of the tasty treats offered by the mobile kitchens, truck owners said they looked forward to more frequent visits as the number of downtown Newhall events expands.