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Officials Approve Hire of Landscape Architect

Company to visualize and design improvements to The Village.

The Glendora City Council approved Tuesday night the hiring of a consultant to design landscaping improvements in The Village.

The consultant, Hirsch & Associates Inc., was chosen for the Consultant Services Agreement to design a more "uniform, yet traditional presentation for The Village that would also not require additional maintenance dollars," officials said.

Hirsch & Associates Inc. returned the lowest bid of $9,600 for the Consultant Services Agreement.

The city spends between $85,000 to $95,000 annually on the visual appearance of The Village.

Last August, the Community Services Department and the Business Improvement District began investigating ways to improve the landscape after the parkway landscape became severely degraded. The condition of tree wells, dying plant material, fruit droppings from Ficus trees and defecating pets were all issues affecting The Village's appearance, city officials said.

In years past, certain merchants in The Village maintained the tree wells for the famous Ficus trees. As some of those merchants left, less maintenance was being done.

Last year, the BID, city contractors and in-house staff replaced much of the plant material with drought resistant varieties, but some of the plants did not thrive in the tree wells, city officials said. Eventually, it was decided a landscape architect would be chosen to make improvements.

Hirsch & Associates Inc. will prepare a computer generated design that will seek to create a uniform, aesthetically-pleasing, cost effective solution to The Village landscape within the BID boundaries.

The scope of services would also include:
  • An initial meeting with City Staff and the Downtown Business Improvement District
  • To review the Scope of Work and discuss any changes that may be necessary prior to proceeding with the project.
  • Collect all existing documentation from city recorders, if available.
  • Conduct on site visual inspection to verify existing site conditions. Prepare photographic record of existing conditions.
  • Prepare four alternative design concepts in 3D Sketch Up graphics program that illustrate the designs concepts.
  • Prepare probable cost estimate for each design concept.
  • Present design concepts to the City Staff and Downtown Business Improvement District for review and comment.
  • Revise the design concepts and cost estimates per the comments received.
  • Prepare and present the final design concepts and cost estimates to the City Staff and Downtown Business Improvement District for approval.
The project time schedule will be six weeks after notice to begin is granted by the city.
Gloria December 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Who authorized a $9,600 contract for consulting on the Village improvement to make it a more "uniform" & aesthetically-pleasing? Did anyone ask the citizens what landscaping improvements they would change in the Village? Probably none. Wonder if WE like it as it is . . .quaint and aesthetically pleasing, not changed to be like every other city. Changing the face of the Village will not increase revenue. Sounds like the BID & city has money to spend. RE: Ficus tree wells. Other cities put grating in those wells. Our merchants are maintaining the tree wells just fine thank you.
JC December 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM
An inviting appearance in the Village will be welcoming for shoppers. The only problem is, if the City doesn't do something about the lack of retail establishments, shoppers won't consider the area as a destination. There is an overabundance of service businesses--salons, mortgage companies, realtors, Chamber of Commerce, that do nothing to increase pedestrian/shopper traffic. Neighboring cities, Claremont and Monrovia, to be specific, understand the concept, and have revitalized their downtowns to be vibrant, attractive destinations. Until Glendora does something to encourage RETAIL, it just won't happen. There should be a limit on the number of service businesses in the Village. How many salons do we need in that very small strip? I long for the days when we had the Children's Shop, Scottish Shop, Village Bath, Village Shoes, Kathy's Chicks, Bock's and other businesses that made the Village a special place to shop. How many salons do we really need? Landscaping is important to the beautification of the Village, but it needs business savvy to make it vital.
JC December 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM
And PS: What the heck is going on with that empty lot that used to be Village Manor? It's been torn down and sitting there vacant and unproductive for well over a year. Talk about a waste of important real estate!
Josh Betta December 12, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Gloria, wake up. Changes in the Village are being made with generous input from the BID. Don't attack from ignorance. And, JC, what makes you think the City government directly controls commercial activity? The City is doing much to indirectly influence retail in the Village, having hired an economic analyst over a year ago. The double standards you touch upon, JC, are fascinating: if the City did directly control local commerce, then you'd be writing behind your anonymous posting complaining about Big Brother. How 'bout thinking before attacking your City, y'all?
Larry S December 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I don't think JC is out of line. I know someone who actively woos and seeks out businesses for the city of Pasadena. You can put whatever you want in your city if you have foresight and approach the right people. As JC points out, there are far too many esoteric businesses in the village that have no relevance to most of us. I see more diversity in the villages of Monrovia, Covina and Whittier. Glendora offers very little compared to those cities. If this is the city council's fault or city hall's oversight, then they need to think more creativity and with it's residents in mind.
JC December 13, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Ouch, Josh. Boy, are YOU defensive! I wasn't criticizing anyone, just pointing out that the Village has too many service-oriented businesses, and there certainly wasn't any direct criticism against BID or the City; in fact, I think the BID is a positive thing. I usually find that people who are so defensive are acting out on some kind of fear--in that respect, you have my sympathies. I merely suggested there be a cap on the percentage of businesses that are service-oriented. Another good idea would be to bring in some kind of anchor/magnet to attract foot traffic, such as Monrovia and Claremont have done in their downtowns with movie theaters. My post was constructive discussion, and I'm wondering why you take it so personally. I think it's great they hired an economic analyst over a year ago. Can you please tell me exactly what he's done, at what cost, and what plan he's come up with that has exuded positive change in those 12 months?
Larry S December 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Oh JC, just to correct....Monrovia has a multiplex movie theatre and Covina has a theatre that stages live productions. But Covina also has an edge...clubs that bring in even more residents and business. Glendora is functioning way below the norm if one measures it against these cities.
Josh Betta December 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Michael...political ties? Huh?
Terry December 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM
The thing about Glendora Village is that it's way too sterile and tries too hard to be old-fashioned... events like wine walks, classic car shows, and Christmas parades attract very specific demographics and businesses. I really have no personal issue with the Village the way it is since I don't even shop or eat there, but I do wish that Glendora wouldn't focus so much resources and attention on just the Village and spread some of our tax money on other parts of the city. There are plenty of spots that the city can improve and promote to attract nice businesses and reduce blight.
Larry S December 13, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Those are all valid and excellent points, Terry.
JC December 13, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I would really like it if Mr. Betta could answer my question as to what the economic analyst that he so enthusiastically mentioned has produced/suggested to improve our city in the last year. I have no idea what Mr. Betta's reference is to political ties, but it seems his discussions all center around the politics of this conversation, which leads me to believe HE is the one who is politically motivated.
JC December 14, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I love Glendora, support our City, encourage the Bid. All I want is an answer as to what the economic consultant advises or is doing. I have no political ties, and have in no way encouraged this to become a political forum. All I've said is there are TOO MANY SERVICE BUSINESSES IN OUR VILLAGE. That's all. Please don't make this a political issue. If it's a constructive discussion about what can be done to revitalize our downtown, great! Let's hear it. If the City actually wants the downtown to become a service center, please give an explanation as to how this will benefit the City. Let's not make this something it shouldn't be.

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