MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Elisa Vásquez, County CDC (323) 890-7415
April 2, 2010 Angie Castro, Supervisor Molina (213) 703-2823
EAST L.A. BUSINESS COMMUNITY JOINS MOLINA IN DEDICATING COUNTY
COMMUNITY BUSINESS REVITALIZATION PROJECT
WHAT: Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina will be joined by business owners in East Los Angeles to dedicate the completion of a 10-storefront Community Business Revitalization (CBR) project.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: 3868 Cesar Chavez Blvd., L.A. 90022 (corner of Record Ave & Cesar Chavez Blvd)
WHO: - Supervisor Gloria Molina
- Sean Rogan, Executive Director, Community Development Commission
- Diana’s Bakery business owners Maria and Jose Cordova
- Community Business Revitalization project store front business owners
The CBR program provides commercial facade improvements to businesses in eligible areas of Los Angeles County. The 10-storefront CBR project in East Los Angeles encompasses 10 businesses that received improvements such as new signs, awnings, tile and paint. Built in 1925, the business complex was restored to its historical nature. Project funding included $35,572 in Community Development Block Grant funds and $9,857 from the property owner.
“Many of us have driven past business corridors with storefronts that needed façade improvements and wondered what a difference that would make. However, some businesses can’t afford to do it alone, especially during hard economic times. This is why we have the CBR program – to help our mom and pop shops – which in turn, help us improve the overall aesthetics and amenities of our neighborhoods,” said Molina. “Once one business makes improvements, others follow -- and soon, the entire block is revitalized.”
Funded through a combination of owner contributions and a maximum of $50,250 in federal, state or local funds, the CBR program is administered by the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission.