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Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street

The draft Streetscape Plan Addendum (Sept. 12, 2017) calls for zones to provide organizational consistency for the location of elements along the streetscape. The furnishings zone, for example, would be used for street trees, landscaping, transit stops, street lights, newspaper racks, trash receptacles, lighting, bike racks, and the like.” Source: 9/18 Council packet.
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To repave or not to repave is the question the City Council wrestled with when a new Downtown Streetscape Project plan for our major thoroughfare, Camino Del Mar, also known as Historic US 101 Route, was presented at the September 18 meeting. The City Council decided to appropriate $300,000 for construction drawings covering 15th to 9th Street and related environmental issues covering the full project scope. The total cost for the Downtown Streetscape and paving project is estimated at $4,865,088.

The mosaic wall at the library was built in 2003.
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Spurlock Landscape Architects, one of the original designers of the1996 Streetscape plan, returned with an updated model of the 93 detailed pages that aimed to retain the “eclectic character” of Del Mar through landscaping and integrated safe, pleasant pathways for pedestrians and bicycle riders in addition to the asphalt auto route. The Spurlock group submitted an amended version that incorporated feedback from community workshops, the Del Mar Village Association, the City’s Sustainability Advisory Board and the design approach of “Complete Streets” adopted by San Diego with space for walkers and bicyclists. These various recommendations were separated into “Have to Do” and “Nice to Do” categories.

Following the Spurlock group presentation, City staff stated their recommendations with the goal, once the City Council approves the project, of beginning the bid process in November, and have a contractor on board in January, reported Kristen Crane, Assistant City Manager.

Streetscape consultants cited both photos of the library wall between 13th and 14th on Camino del Mar as an example of streetscape that reinforces Del Mar’s coastal character and enriches public space.
Source Del Mar City Hall.
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When completed it will be yet another change for our road that likely started as a dirt path for people, horses, wagons and mules and other animals. Paths were first improved with the introduction of concrete in the 1890s that paved the way for new modes of transport, first the bicycle then the automobile. By 1910 pubIic agencies were created to build and maintain roads. Our now Historic US Route 101 was a link in one of the longest north/south routes in the nation, 1540 miles, commissioned in1926, connecting the San Diego/Tijuana border to Olympia, Washington before Interstate 5 opened.

In October, the Council will consider which aspects of the full scope of work can be done in 2018. They could decide to do the whole thing or chop the project into phases as Del Mar tries to tame its major street. Meanwhile, it will get a fresh look: the Garden Club is scheduled to beautify Camino Del Mar with new plantings in cooperation with the City and The Del Mar Foundation.




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