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‘Phase II’ plans underway to revitalize Auburn Blvd; input sought

With the first phase of Auburn Boulevard’s multi-million dollar revitalization effort completed last year, input is being sought at a business meeting this week to help plan “Phase II” of the multi-year face-lift.

Temporary signs put up during construction, hope to encourage shoppers to still visit stores.
‘Phase I’ construction work shown on Auburn Boulevard during in 2014.

Authorized in 2005, the Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets Revitalization Project envisioned a revitalized and enhanced section of Auburn Boulevard, from Sylvan corners to Interstate 80 — a corridor that is home to over 200 businesses. Phase 1 work included undergrounding utility wires, adding bus pull-outs and nearly 10,000 feet of bike lanes and sidewalks, planting 230 new street trees, and installing energy-efficient street lights.

Due to the size and scope of the effort, the nearly 2-mile long project was broken into two phases, with Phase 1 covering the section from Sylvan corners to just beyond Antelope Road, and Phase 2 covering the remaining section up to Interstate 80.

<<See prior story here: “Community Celebrates Completion of Auburn Blvd ‘Phase 1′ Improvements>>

After seeking input last year from the Boulevard’s business owners during a “Business Walk” hosted by the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce and the City, a follow-up business meeting has been scheduled for January 13.

“Do you want to meet fellow business and property owners and learn how to work together to create a vision for Auburn Boulevard?” a Chamber flier for the upcoming meeting asks, mentioning appetizers and drinks will be served. “Please join us on January 13 to learn about different options available to help business and property owners create a vision and work toward common goals.”

About $16.8 million has been spent on the revitalization effort so far, with Phase II construction still not set to begin for “several years,” due to “significant right-of-way acquisition, design and engineering,” according to the City’s website.

If you plan to go:

Auburn Blvd Business Meeting
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Capitol Mechanical
7300 Auburn Blvd.

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