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Welcome to the City of Baldwin Park’s website for the Downtown Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Specific Plan. The City recently adopted the Downtown TOD Specific Plan, which will guide future development of mixed uses in a walkable environment, streamline the development process, and serve as an incentive for economic development. Community members participated in this planning process by attending public meetings and offering their viewpoints on the future of Downtown.
The Downtown area was originally developed as a pedestrian and transit oriented traditional downtown. The old Pacific Electric Red Car rail line to Los Angeles once occupied the middle of the Ramona Boulevard right-of-way, connecting Baldwin Park to downtown Los Angeles. However, in the early 1950’s, the Red Car rail system was dismantled. Since then, incompatible strip commercial development has replaced older buildings in the Downtown. Though still called the “Downtown,” the traditional downtown district fabric has been dissolving around its edges in favor of automobile oriented strip commercial development.
The Specific Plan will help return Downtown Baldwin Park to being an area that is vibrant, walkable, and the heart of City. This project provides opportunities to build on the City’s unique historic and cultural characteristics to enhance the Downtown core, create a strong community identity and sense of place, provide new employment, housing and shopping opportunities, and strengthen the City’s tax base. Several opportunity sites within walking distance of the Metrolink Station and Transit Center parking structure allow significant potential for new development and adaptive reuse of existing under-utilized structures to better serve the transit-oriented Downtown area and generate new investment in Downtown.
"The Specific Plan will return Downtown Baldwin Park to being an area that is vibrant, walkable, and the heart of the City."