LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – City engineers begin the schematic design phase of revising the Hollywood Walk of Fame master plan, city councilor Mitch O’Farrell announced on Wednesday.

The plan provides for wider sidewalks, more space for amenities such as sidewalk dining, additional shade trees, improved lighting, a mobility trail, and additional pedestrian safety features.

(Credit: Heart of Hollywood)

"This started with an effort to bring a coherent, holistic design that revolves around residents and pedestrians to the Hollywood Walk of Fame," said O & # 39; Farrell.

“After COVID-19, the goals of this project are even more important. Improving public space is not only good for our collective psyche, but also for a local economy that is being challenged by the pandemic. "

The project, which started early last year, is headed by global design firm Gensler and overseen by the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering.

There have been 14% fewer commercial jobs in the region since the corona virus pandemic began, and O'Farrell said the project will be critical to reviving the boulevard.

The project has the potential to create hundreds of jobs in the construction industry, along with other economic, environmental, and health benefits, the city council said.

The concept plan envisages changes to the road to Hollywood Boulevard, including the removal of the parking lane between Gower Street and La Brea Avenue and the reduction of traffic to one lane in any direction between Argyle and La Brea Avenue.

This room would then be dedicated to the new amenities that would be designed and built in collaboration with local stakeholders, said O'Farrell.

An initial analysis showed that, according to city officials, the proposed change of lane is unlikely to lead to heavy traffic in the region.

The schematic draft, which is expected to be completed in early 2021, will include a more detailed analysis of all related effects on traffic and the analysis will be updated.

The full concept map is available on the Heart of Hollywood website.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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