Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – 2:21 PM
By Victoria Talbot
The City of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a meeting to discuss ideas about how to manage traffic during the Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction project so that it will have the least impact on the City’s business community.
Staff has worked with the City’s Traffic and Parking Commission developing many possible approaches to traffic and parking. As a result, there are many tools in the City’s drawer, and businesses are invited to share thoughts on the best way to keep the business community vital and healthy during the construction.
Members of the City staff will be present to answer questions about the project.
The City’s Traffic and Parking Commission has recommended parking options for S. Santa Monica Boulevard, east of Wilshire Boulevard as a way to maximize vehicular access to the business triangle area during the SMBlvd Reconstruction. The City Council has directed staff to gather additional input from the business triangle community. Several options will be presented at this meeting.
City staff will provide an overview of various parking options for South Santa Monica Boulevard and respond to questions at the Business Outreach meeting. Information gathered from this meeting will be forwarded to the City Council for their consideration.
The City has held several meetings on the project. However, it is vital to get comprehensive feedback from the business community to create a good outcome during the construction.
The meeting is Thursday, Sept. 22 9-10:30 a.m. at the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Second Floor. Free two-hour parking is available in the Beverly-Cañon Parking Structure.
The Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all members of the business community to attend.
For those who cannot attend, they can provide their comments and suggestions to SMBLVD@beverlyhills.org, mail to City of Beverly Hills, Public Works, Attn. Civil Engineering
345 Foothill Rd., Beverly Hills CA 90210, and for more information call Pubic Works at (310) 285-2467. To leave comments, call the Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction hotline at
“This meeting will likely be the last public meeting for the business community to provide its input before City Staff make a recommendation to the Beverly Hills City Council,” wrote Blair Schlecter, Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs for the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce in an email to Chamber members.