Little Saigon traffic on agenda

ASIAN GARDEN MALL (also known as the Phouc Loc Tho shopping center) on Bolsa Avenue is in the heart of Westminster’s Little Saigon district (Chris Jepsen/Orange County Archives/Flickr).

Little Saigon, the stretch along Bolsa Avenue between Brookhurst Street and Magnolia Avenue, is perhaps Westminster’s most famous area, serving as the central business district for the city’s large Vietnamese population.

How to help that area grow and modernize is the subject of discussions by the city council as it pursues three main areas of economic development: creating an downtown area along Westminster Boulevard, considering improvements in the city’s west side, and investing in Little Saigon.

The city council will discuss at Wednesday’s meeting two items continued from the April 5 session. Among the issues raised by staff and council members are traffic and parking conditions, including the possibility of building a parking structure.

Also on the agenda for the meeting is a public hearing on a proposed general plan amendment to re-designate 17.3 acres of the 156-acre Westminster Memorial Park from “park/open space” to “public/semi-public facilities.”

In the past, the site has been considered as a possible location for the controversial proposed Quang Tri monument.

The council will meet in open session at 6 p.m. at 8200 Westminster Blvd.

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