Completed Projects: Valley Glen Façade Improvement Project

After several years of lobbying to transform an isolated and dilapidated commercial corner into an eye-catching plaza capable of serving as a community gateway, the residents of Valley Glen saw their hard work rewarded. LANI was selected to implement the Valley Glen Commercial Façade Improvement Project at the Vanowen Plaza. The neighborhood plaza includes eight small businesses on the southwest corner of Fulton Avenue and Vanowen Street.

With Community Development Block Grant funds administered by the Community Development Department (CDD), LANI convened a project steering committee (PSC) comprised of local residents, which then selected Kaplan Chen Kaplan Architects and Planners (KCK) as the design firm. Through LANI’s community engagement and an extensive design process that involved the Office of Councilwoman Wendy Gruel, the PSC, property owners and business tenants, several improvements were identified and prioritized. New paint, signage, and lighting fixtures were chosen to beautify the plaza and create a unified look.