King William Association staff was informed by VIA that a new style bus shelter was chosen for downtown. Installation of the bus shelters is to occur at each corner of the intersection of S. Saint Mary’s St. and Cesar Chavez Blvd. This corner includes the Pedro Huizar Park, an important gateway into the King William Historic District.
At the September 19, 2013 regularly scheduled KWA Board meeting staff presented the proposed VIA bus shelter which was to be installed at Pedro Huizar Park. The KWA board voted against the modern bus shelter as they felt it was inappropriate for this gateway. As directed by the board, staff wrote a letter to VIA with copies to our Councilman, Historic Preservation Officer, and Parks and Recreation Director notifying VIA of KWA’s concern over this very modern bus shelter proposed for the park. Because of our letter, VIA pulled the replacement of the bus shelter.
Based on conversations between KWA and VIA, the current downtown bus shelters ,designed by the architectural firm of Fisher Heck, will be recycled and installed at Pedro Huizar Park.
In March, KWA staff was informed by VIA that the downtown bus shelters would be extending into the King William area. At the April 16 regularly-scheduled KWA Board meeting, the board reviewed the proposed bus shelters and once again agreed that they were inappropriate for our Historic District, and King William bus shelters should maintain a separate identity from downtown. KWA has been working with VIA staff and again proposed to VIA that the Fisher Heck bus shelters be recycled and relocated to the King William neighborhood. As of April 24, KWA does not have a list or map of the bus stops that are slated by VIA to receive a bus shelter, nor a commitment from VIA to recycle the Fisher Heck bus shelters.
- Cherise Bell