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The Last Days of San Fernando Road

Posted: February 5, 2008 11:24 a.m.
Updated: April 7, 2008 2:01 a.m.
It's back to the original plan for renaming San Fernando Road.

The Newhall Redevelopment Committee voted Monday night to look at changing the last remaining section of San Fernando Road to Railroad Avenue between Lyons Avenue and Magic Mountain Parkway, which was the original idea presented in the 2005 specific plan.

In recent months, the Santa Clarita City Council was asked to approve changing the name to Bouquet Canyon Road, but one committee member expressed opposition to bringing a Saugus street name into Newhall and the council asked that the city get more public input.

Residents and business owners said at recent public meetings that they preferred the original plan.

The Redevelopment Committee also asked that the city consider extending Railroad Avenue all the way to Bouquet Canyon Road, where Soledad Canyon Road turns into Valencia Boulevard.

The idea is to make Bouquet Junction the intersection where a Saugus street and Valencia street meets Newhall and Canyon Country streets.

The council will consider the latest plan at an upcoming council meeting.

The street name change is part of the city's plan to revitalize downtown Newhall.

In September, the city renamed San Fernando Road as Main Street from 11th Street to 5th Street in downtown Newhall. The council voted on Jan. 22 to rename San Fernando Road from 5th Street to Highway 14 as Newhall Avenue.

The Newhall Redevelopment Committee also saw a presentation from Pacific Coast Land Design on its streetscaping plans for Main Street.

The consultants are looking to incorporate downtown Newhall's history and natural landscape.

Roberts suggested placing bronze sculptures or other historical markers to celebrate Newhall's western history.

He said he is looking to plant trees, most likely Sycamore trees, and lay decomposed granite and boulders along the sidewalks to match nearby Newhall Creek.

"Old Town Newhall has a wonderful history and that's primarily what we use for our design," said Chris Roberts, principal of the consultant company. "You have so many elements in place to make this successful."

Later on the agenda, the committee planned to discuss marketing strategies in downtown Newhall, specifically how to help struggling businesses in light of news that Newhall Hardware is closing its doors.


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