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La Brea Avenue STREETSCAPE PLAN

City of West Hollywood May 2010

Prepared by

Patricia Smith, ASLA, AICP with Francis Krahe Associates

La Brea Avenue STREETSCAPE PLAN

CONTENTS

1 ovERviEW & ExiSTiNg CoNdiTioNS ..............................................1

2 dESigN PLAN ..................................................................................................... 6
2.1 PHASE 1 CiT Y iMPRovEMENTS .................................................................................. 6 2.2 PHASE 2 dEvELoPER ENHANCEMENTS .................................................................. 12

3 dESigN ELEMENTS .................................................................................... 18
3.1 STREET TREES ..........................................................................................................19 3.2 PARkWAY PALETTE ...................................................................................................20 3.3 LigHTiNg ELEMENTS ................................................................................................21 3.4 FURNiSHiNgS PALETTE ............................................................................................24 3.5 SidEWALk LAYoUT diAgRAMS .................................................................................25 3.6 BUS SToP gARdEN ExAMPLES ................................................................................27

La Brea Avenue STREETSCAPE PLAN

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OVERVIEW & EXISTING CONDITIONS

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overview The Santa Monica Boulevard Master Plan was adopted in 1999 with the intent of creating a beautiful, vibrant “Main Street” that would reflect the community’s identity and would connect and unify West Hollywood from its eastern boundary at La Brea Avenue to its western boundary at Doheny Drive, with distinctive gateways at both ends. Construction of the initial improvements was completed in 2001, including widened sidewalks with corner curb extensions, irrigated street trees in parkways or gap-graded (“structural”), pedestrian street lights and landscaped medians. Bus shelters and news rack corrals were added a few years later. As the City’s eastern gateway and with its connection to Santa Monica Boulevard, La Brea Avenue provides the opportunity to extend the community’s vision of a vibrant, unified“Main Street” north to Fountain Avenue and south to Romaine Avenue and to contribute to a distinctive eastern gateway. The La Brea Avenue Master Plan identifies streetscape improvements, complementary to those on Santa Monica Boulevard, which, together with high-quality development projects, will implement the community’s vision. The master plan was prepared with input from the Public Facilities Commission and Eastside Redevelopment Project Area PAC. The master plan includes: 1) improvements to be made by the City with grant funding, which will be available starting in Fiscal July 2011 and 2) other improvements to be made within the public right-of-way (PROW) adjacent to and in conjunction with individual development projects or using other funding sources.

FOUNTAIN AVENUE

LEXINGTON AVENUE LA BREA AVENUE SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD ROMAINE STREET
LA BREA AVENUE PLAN AREA

Santa Monica Boulevard Master Plan Area

City of West Hollywood boundaries

Diagram of Project Area
La Brea Avenue STREETSCAPE PLAN 1

1.0

OVERVIEW & E XISTING CONDITIONS

Existing Santa Monica Boulevard streetscape improvements.

La Brea Avenue STREETSCAPE PLAN 2

OVERVIEW & EXISTING CONDITIONS

1.0

La Brea Blvd Elevation - East Side between Fountain Av and Lexington Av

La Brea Blvd Elevation - West Side between Lexington Av and Fountain Av
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1.0

OVERVIEW & E XISTING CONDITIONS

La Brea Blvd Elevation - East Side between Lexington Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd.

La Brea Blvd Elevation - West Side between Santa Monica Blvd. and Lexington
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OVERVIEW & EXISTING CONDITIONS

1.0

La Brea Blvd Elevation - East Side between Santa Monica Blvd. and Romaine Street.

La Brea Blvd Elevation - West Side between Romaine Street and Santa Monica Blvd.
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2 1 DESIGN PLAN
Phase 1 City improvement Plan The City Improvement Plan is the first phase of streetscape improvements. The City has already installed bus shelters and news rack enclosures of the same design as on Santa Monica Boulevard. With METRO Call-for-Project funding, which was approved in 2009 and will be available for funding design and construction starting in Fiscal Year 20112012, the City will undertake the following streetscape improvements, which will be compatible with those on Santa Monica Boulevard: • • • • • Raised, landscaped medians Continuous landscaped, stormwater infiltration parkways Canopy street trees Pedestrian lighting Gateway lighting

New and existing streetscape components are shown in the sketches and schematic plans that follow.

Street tree - street light - parking space pattern.
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CIT Y IMPROVEMENT PL AN

2.1

Sidewalk view of City improvements where existing sidewalks are 9’ 6” wide.

Sidewalk view of City improvements where existing sidewalks are 15’ wide.
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2.1

CIT Y IMPROVEMENT PL AN

Aerial view of City improvements where existing sidewalks are 9’ 6” wide.

Aerial view of City improvements where existing sidewalks are 15’ wide.
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CIT Y IMPROVEMENT PL AN

2.1

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Fountain Ave

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Lexington Ave

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City Improvements - La Brea Avenue between Fountain Avenue and Lexington Avenue (assumes construction of projects currently in the City review process).
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CIT Y IMPROVEMENT PL AN

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Lexington Ave

LEXINGTON

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Santa Monica Blvd

City Improvements - La Brea Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard (assumes construction of projects currently in the City review process).
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Santa Monica Blvd

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CIT Y IMPROVEMENT PL AN

2.1

Santa Monica Blvd

Santa Monica Blvd

LA BREA

AVENUE

Romaine St

City Improvements - La Brea Avenue between Santa Monica Boulevard and Romaine Street (assumes construction of projects currently in the City review process).
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2.2

DEVELOPER ENHANCEMENTS

Phase 2 developer Enhancements The Developer Improvement Plan is the second phase of streetscape improvements. In this phase, the Developer will be responsible for: • • • • • • • • Widening the sidewalks to at least 18 feet Expanding the stormwater infiltration parkways to 8 feet wide Planting and irrigating infill street trees and parkway plants Installing new sidewalk paving Installing infill street lights Expanding the landscaped median where they could not be installed in Phase 1 . Upllighting median trees. Installing appropriate street furniture, including seating and bicycle racks as directed by the City’s Urban Designer. • Incorporating sidewalk elements that both reinforce the adjacent active ground floor uses and enhance social interaction along the sidewalk. Where there is a bus stop adjacent, working closely with the City’s Urban Designer to design and implement a Bus Stop Garden that is both integrated with the La Brea Avenue streetscape and complements the development project.

These improvements will be made in conjunction with each development project in the Master Plan area and completed prior to issuance of a Certificate of Completion for that project. New and existing streetscape components are shown in the schematic plans that follow.

Street tree - street light - parking space pattern.
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DEVELOPER ENHANCEMENTS

2.2

Sidewalk view of future improvements where new sidewalk is the minimum 18’ required by the Master Plan.

Sidewalk view of future improvements where existing sidewalks are 25’ wide, similar to the western portion of Santa Monica Boulevard. One of the defining elements on Santa Monica Boulevard is the double row of trees in locations where the sidewalk is at least 24’ wide. While 25’ wide sidewalks are not required on La Brea Avenue, developers are encouraged to incorporate them along some of their street frontage to provide opportunities for outdoor dining and additional landscaping, including a second row of trees which may be either aligned with the street tree, as on Santa Monica Boulevard, or staggered.
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2.2

DEVELOPER ENHANCEMENTS

Aerial view of future improvements where new sidewalk is the minimum 18’ required by the Master Plan.

Aerial view of future improvements where existing sidewalks are 25’ wide, similar to the western portion of Santa Monica Boulevard.
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DEVELOPER ENHANCEMENTS

2.2

RAMP

Fountain Ave

POOL

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Lexington Ave

LEXINGTON

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Lexington Ave
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Plan with Developer Enhancements - La Brea Avenue between Fountain Avenue and Lexington Avenue.
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DEVELOPER ENHANCEMENTS

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Lexington Ave

LEXINGTON

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Lexington Ave
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DETROIT

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AVENUE

Santa Monica Blvd

Plan with Developer Enhancements - La Brea Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Santa Monica Monica Blvd Santa Boulevard.
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DEVELOPER ENHANCEMENTS

2.2

Santa Monica Blvd

Santa Monica Blvd

LA BREA

AVENUE

Romaine St

Plan with Developer Enhancements - La Brea Avenue between Santa Monica Boulevard and Romaine Street.
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3 DESIGN ELEMENTS
This section describes the individual elements of the plan, including: • • • • • • • Street trees Parkway and median design and plant palette Lighting components Paving pattern Street furnishings Sidewalk layout diagrams Bus stop garden examples.

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STREET TREES

3.1

STREET TREES

Jacaranda mimosifolia (Jacaranda) at corners and in medians

Ulmus parvifolia ‘Drake’ (Drake Elm) midblock
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3.2

PARKWAY PL ANT PALET TE

2nd and 4th Street Plant Palette. The PLANTS FOR PARKWAYS are, MEDIANS ILLUSTRATIVE DROUGHT-TOLERANTcurb extension planting areaANDfor the most part, very shady. Curb Adjacent Plants: 2-foot tall flowering succulents or perennials

Center Accent Plants: 3-foot tall flowering succulents or perennials

Walkway Adjacent Plants: low-growing succulents, perennials or grasses

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LIGHTING ELEMENTS

3.3

THROUGH COORDINATION WITH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON, FIXTURES TO INCREASE FIXTURE EFFICIENCY FIXTURES TO INCREASE FIXTURE EFFICIENCY STANDARD MEDIAN LIGHT RETROFIT EXISTING ROADWAY RETROFIT EXISTING ROADWAY FIXTURES TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY

- Retrofit existing lamp with updated lamp technology (replacing existing lamp with Metal Halide or warm white LED source) - Increased lamp efficiency provides same light output with fewer watts - New lamps use existing globe and lamp holder saving money on new materials. Only new lamp and ballast need to be provided.

- Retrofit existing lamp with updated lamp technology (replacing existing lamp with Metal Halide or warm white LED source) - Increased lamp efficiency provides same light output with fewer watts - New lamps use existing globe and lamp holder saving money on new materials. Only new lamp and ballast need to be provided.

Retrofit Cobra Retrofit existing pedestrian globes Head fixtures

Retrofit existing pedestrian globes

Palm

IMPROVED IGHT

RETROFIT FIXTURES PROVIDE IMPROVED COLOR AND QUALITY OF LIGHT

ight with good color rendering with poor color rendering Light

White light with good color rendering

Palm

RETROFIT LIGHTING AND MEDIANS
City of West Hollywood
20 FEB 2009

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4-1 1-1

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3.3

LIGHTING ELEMENTS

STANDARD MEDIAN LIGHTING EXAMPLES: UPLIGHTING AND LIGHTS ON TREES

NEW LIGHTING ELEMENT NEW LIGHTING ELEMENT
GATEWAY LIGHTING

-SERIES OF DECORATIVE ELEMENTS ADDEDELEMENTS ADDED TO STREETSCAPE -SERIES OF DECORATIVE TO STREETSCAPE - CREATE ICON / IDENTITY PIECE FOR NEIGHBORHOOD NEIGHBORHOOD - CREATE ICON / IDENTITY PIECE FOR - ENGAGE PEDESTRIAN CULTURE - ENGAGE PEDESTRIAN CULTURE - CREATE HARMONY OF CONCEPT THROUGHOUT THROUGHOUT - CREATE HARMONY OF CONCEPT

- VISUAL ELEMENT -FOR WAYFINDING OR TO MARK IMPORTANTMARK IMPORTANT P VISUAL ELEMENT FOR WAYFINDING OR TO PLACES - COLORED LIGHT TO ENLIVENLIGHT TO ENLIVEN THE NIGHTTIME EXPERIENCE - COLORED THE NIGHTTIME EXPERIENCE

LARGE SCALE - gateways SCALE - gateways LARGE

MEDIUM SCALE - intersections MEDIUM SCALE - intersections and crosswalks and crosswalks

SMALL SCALE - throughout SMALL SCALE - throughout

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NEW LIGHTING ELEMENTS ELEMENTS NEW LIGHTING
City of West Hollywood 4-1 1-2 City of West Hollywood
20 FEB 2009 20 FEB 2009

4-1 1-2

LIGHTING ELEMENTS

3.3

VARIETY OF SCALES TO SHOW HIERARCHY OF PLACE
- CLUSTERED LIGHT ELEMENTS - STATIC COLORS (NOT CHANGING) - FAMILY OF COLORS PER CLUSTER - STAINLESS POST WITH LENS
- CLUSTERED LIGHT ELEMENTS - STATIC COLORS (NOT CHANGING)

VARIETY OF SCALES TO SHOW HIERARCHY OF PLACE

- QUANTITY AND FREQUENCY PER CLUSTER - FAMILY OF COLORS RELATED TO SCALE
- STAINLESS POST WITH LENS - QUANTITY AND FREQUENCY RELATED TO SCALE

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LARGE SCALE - Only at prominent locations - GATEWAYS
LARGE SCALE - Only at prominent locations

ORHOOD

MEDIUM SCALE - At regular intervals for wayfinding - CROSSWALKS

SMALL SCALE - Used throughout - MEDIANS throughout - WALKWAYS - MEDIANS
- WALKWAYS SMALL SCALE - Used

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- MAJOR INTERSECTIONSGATEWAYS - MAJOR INTERSECTIONS

MEDIUM SCALE - At regular intervals for wayfinding

MARK IMPORTANT PLACES

- PARKS / PLAZAS - CROSSWALKS
- PARKS / PLAZAS

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3.4

FURNISHINGS PALET TE

BUS SHELTER

NEWSRACK ENCLOSURE

SEATING & TABLES

TRASH BINS

BIKE RACKS

Landscape Forms “Washington Square” family of furnishings in a silver powder coat

“Ligne Cristal D”

bike hitch

Note: all specified furniture is the City’s standard furniture.
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SIDEWALK L AYOUT DIAGRAMS

3.5

EXISTING 9’ 6” WIDE SIDEWALK

9’ 6” WIDE SIDEWALK WIDENED TO 18’

Equal

24'

Equal

4'

24'

2' 2' 2' 2'

2' 2' 2' 2' Equal 24' 2.5' 1.5' 6.5' 18' 5' 5' 4'

8'

4' 8'

Equal

24'

1.5'

3' 9.5'

5'

4'

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3.5

SIDEWALK L AYOUT DIAGRAMS

EXISTING 15’ WIDE SIDEWALK

15’ WIDE SIDEWALK WIDENED TO 18’

Equal

24'

Equal

4'

24'

2' 2' 2' 2'

2' 2' 2' 2' Equal 24' 1.5' 6.5' 18' 5' 5' 4'

8'

4' 8'

Equal

24'

1.5'

6.5' 15'

5'

2'

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4'

BUS STOP GARDEN EX AMPLES

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BUS STOP GARDEN EXAMPLES Left and below: Bus stop garden at Fairfaix Avenue.

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