The San Fernando Boulevard corridor is slated for a major revamp that city planners say will make it more attractive to pedestrians and boost real estate values.
The City Council on Tuesday approved a conceptual plan to revamp the corridor to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists with sidewalk furniture, larger street trees and bike lanes.
Councilman David Gordon was the sole dissenting vote.
The plan maps out a 25-year vision for the corridor — nestled between the Golden State (5) Freeway, Burbank Boulevard, Third Street and Andover Drive — inspired by the freeway interchange project that will connect the city’s downtown area, Bob Hope Airport, the Empire Center and the Burbank Town Center Mall.
“We want to think ahead for what we think will be a new demand for development on that corridor,” said Principal Planner Patrick Prescott, adding that the area is home to 50-year-old buildings and minimal landscaping. “When developers come to us, we can say, ‘This is what the community wants to see here.’”