Excerpt as printed in Gateway Guardian
The Cerritos City Council recently approved plans to remodel the exterior of Cerritos Plaza, including refurbishing and upgrading the existing landscaping and parking area.
Cerritos Senior Planner Sandy Cisneros said work on the renovations should begin sometime in April. The proposed project also includes a new Master Sign Program which would update the tenant and shopping center monument signs to complement the proposed architectural upgrades.
As proposed, the shopping center, built in contemporary architecture style of the 1970s and 1980s, will be updated in “Craftsman” design style characterized by the use of stacked stone, wood beam and trellis structures, as well as new decorative tower elements.
In her report to the council, Cisneros noted that the Center was originally built in several phases with the majority of the shopping center constructed in the first two.
The 200,000-square-foot center contains several large anchor tenants, including Ralph’s grocery store and CVS/pharmacy. Free-standing tenants include Wells Fargo, Chase Bank and Grandstand Grill & Restaurant.
The proposed project also includes an updated pedestrian circulation plan. The changes will add illuminated up-lighting for increased nighttime visibility, as well as enhanced walkways and paving on designated pedestrian crossings.
The landscape architect has proposed to change on-site plant materials with more native California landscaping in an effort to reduce water needs. Additional trees will be installed in the parking field areas and others will be replaced with tree species that will not block retailer visibility.
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