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This week, the Mayor dug a bit deeper on last week's question, so here's part two:
Q. Dear Randy, What the heck is going on at the & 67 site near Prospect Avenue?
A. Here is an update from City Manager Keith Till on what's going on underneath the 67/52 freeway overpass. Keith and Staff have been working much closer with CalTrans and the landscaper than I thought.
Keith Till is a sharp City Manager and had our best staff working on this project. It looks like we will get a Park like setting all along the 52.
"The landscaping plan for the SR 52/67 will be completed in three phases- and will take about three years. The total cost is estimated to be about $8 million and is funded by TransNet.
"The City worked directly with the Landscape Architects from Cal Trans on the design process. City staff had regular meetings with Cal Trans and went over each phase of the landscape design plan to make sure that the design would be suitable for Santee. This included making several changes to tree species, plant selection, and major design changes.
"The goal was to make the landscaped areas look like a Santee "park," with native trees and vegetation, and a more ornamental look along Magnolia Avenue and Mission Gorge Road. Cal Trans will also be upgrading the landscaping on the median on Mission Gorge Rd at the SR-52 off ramp to match the city's adopted median street scape plan for Mission Gorge Road."