Street Lighting Ceremony Highlights Improvements in the East Village

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The East Village has installed 52 more pedestrian-friendly street lights.

Mayor Bob Foster, Councilmember Robert Garcia, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, and the East Village Association will host a ceremony tomorrow, Thursday February 10, at 430 pm, to celebrate the installation of 52 new streetlights on East Fourth Street from Alamitos to Long Beach Blvd. The ceremony takes place at the offices of the East Village Creative Offices, 425 East Fourth Street, between Elm and Linden. The new lights are part of many improvements and enhancements being made in the neighborhood.

“There are great things happening in the East Village,” said Mayor Foster. “I commend the community and the Redevelopment Agency for their work as it really makes a difference to Long Beach.”

Other recent or planned enhancements to the neighborhood include new businesses like Fingerprints & Portfolio on 4th Street, new facade projects, new trees, bus stops and public art. The RDA has been the primary source of funding for the changes occurring. Long Beach Transit and the DLBA have also contributed to projects in the neighborhood.

The same eco-friendly, pedestrian lights were installed as part of the First Street Improvement Plan in 2009.

“These 52 news lights are going to greatly enhance the appearance of the whole neighborhood, improve safety and draw attention to the great businesses and attractions offered in the East Village,” said Garcia. “There’s a lot to be proud of here and more on the way.”

The ceremony will feature remarks by Mayor Foster, Councilmember Garcia, and others involved in the project, before the lamps are all turned on with the flip of a switch. Refreshments will be served.

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