Governor Newsom signed into law state funding allocations for the City of Inglewood and its efforts to improve Market Street, through the Streetscape Improvement Program and the Street Façade and Tenant Improvement Program.
“The City of Inglewood is incredibly grateful to Governor Newsom, Senator Steven Bradford and Assemblymember Autumn Burke for their leadership in securing 15 million dollars in state funds to revitalize Market Street and support our City’s efforts to lift up small and minority owned businesses in this post COVID-19 recovery,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. “The funds will accelerate our City’s transformation as a vibrant economic hub for sports, entertainment, and culture. More importantly, these funds will invest much needed dollars in our predominantly black and brown community so our entire City benefits from Inglewood’s economic renaissance.”
The Market Street Façade and Tenant Improvement Program will facilitate commercial revitalization along Market Street and encourage economic redevelopment of the City’s commercial center. The program will improve the appearance of buildings and storefronts, including the historic Fox Theater, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, preserve and enhance shopfronts, create inviting surrounds, and help activate and renew the downtown corridor. This investment will also support local minority owned businesses as COVID-19 recovery continues and will generate jobs for the community.
The Market Street Streetscape Improvement Project will beautify Market Street between Florence Avenue and Hillcrest Boulevard with hardscape, landscape, street trees, lighting upgrades, and streetscape furniture. The intent is to make the pedestrian spaces vibrant, more walkable, more secure, and inviting to businesses and consumers while maximizing its close proximity to the Metro Crenshaw/LAX line.
State funding for these vital programs is made possible in great part due to Senator Steven Bradford’s efforts to secure more than $130 million in direct, equitable investments for his district in the state budget, including $8.5 million for Market Street. Assemblymember Autumn Burke also played a vital role in securing funds for Inglewood’s Market Street programs, resulting in an additional $6.8 million in state funding.
Under the Market Street Façade and Tenant Improvement program, the City will help applicants define a scope for eligible projects, prepare a design and cost estimate, obtain bids from certified contractors, and supervise construction. Funding for the Market Street Streetscape Improvement Project will fund community outreach, design, and construction of a new streetscape. The City will coordinate with the Market Street Task Force that is currently under development to help facilitate the selection of specific improvements.