Civic Center, Mendez park on agenda

STUDENTS in Lincoln Elementary School for “Mexican” children in 1930s (Smithsonian photo).

Advance looks at two prominent upcoming projects will be given at Wednesday’s meeting of the Westminster City Council.

The Sheldon Group, which has a contract to draw up plans for the redevelopment of the Civic Center, will make a presentation to the council.

What’s under consideration is to turn the center – located south of Westminster Boulevard and west of All American Way – into a mixed-use area, combining residential with government and other uses.

In exchange for the right to construct housing on the 8.32-acre campus, Sheldon would build new facilities, including a new city hall, library and other buildings.

At an earlier meeting, the Sheldon Group made an initial presentation to the council. The Civic Center has a large grassy mall between city buildings and the county courthouse. Sheldon is considering adding more activity to that mall, with options such as shade structures, public arts displays, a splash pad and a lane for food trucks suggested.

Also on Wednesday night, the council will receive a report on a planned new “pocket park” commemorating the famous legal case of Mendez vs. Westminster.

The park would be located at the northeast corner of Westminster Boulevard and Olive Street. The Mendez case ended racial segregation in California public schools, and was a precursor to Brown v. Board of Education, which banned racial bias in schools all across the United States.

The city’s share of construction costs is expected to be $160,000 from the Park Dedication Fund.

The council meets in its chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd. at 7 p.m.


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