IBI Group wins contract for California city improvement project

IBI Group has been awarded a $3-million contract to oversee and design public improvements in Monrovia.

Date

July 30, 2013

MONROVIA, CALIFORNIA – IBI Group has been awarded a $3-million contract to oversee and design public improvements in an 80-acre area of Monrovia, a city of 36,000 people located 20 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

“The project will not only design new public improvements,” said David Chow, the IBI Group director leading the project, “it will help create an attractive space that will be the heart of a new community and serve as a catalyst for economic development.”

The area is known as Station Square Transit Village. Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz has dubbed it “Gold Town” – a play on the city’s “Old Town” that has been the focus of redevelopment and infrastructure improvements over the past two decades. Once built, Station Square will be the new gateway into Monrovia.

The $25 million in improvements will be based around the city’s future Gold Line Light Rail Station and will include an intermodal bus facility, retail and open space, and restoration of the historic Sante Fe Depot. Several roads in the area will be rebuilt or resurfaced. The area will get new streetlights, sidewalks, medians, signs, and traffic signals.

Design for the project improvements will give careful consideration to sustainability, and include a drought-tolerant plant palette as well as stormwater retention and infiltration systems.

In August, IBI Group will present city council with plans for outreach to residents and business owners in the area. “Outreach is very important,” said Chow. “It’s how we inform the community and give them opportunities to be a part of the design process.”

Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014 and last until the Gold Line is completed in December 2015.

Contact: David Chow

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