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Community Profile : Paramount

Community Profile

October 23, 1986

CITY SERVICES City Hall 531-3503 16400 Colorado Ave. Police (business) 866-9061 5130 N. Clark Ave., Lakewood Fire (business) 634-6559 7521 E. Compton Blvd. Post Office 634-8096 7200 E. Compton Blvd. Library 630-3171 16254 Colorado Ave. In Emergency, Dial 911 GOVERNMENT City Council: Gerald Mulrooney (mayor), Henry Harkema (mayor pro tem), Esther C. Caldwell, Manuel E. Guillen, Charles R. Weldon City Manager: William Holt Fire Battalion Chief: John Richey Sheriff's Commander: Stephen Batchelor Area Lawmakers Congress: Mervyn M. Dymally, Democrat, 31st District; 322 W. Compton Blvd., No. 102, Compton 90220; (213) 297-1930 State Assembly: Frank Vicencia, Democrat, 54th District; 16600 Civic Center Drive, No. 233, Bellflower 90706; (213) 804-1436 State Senate: Diane E. Watson, Democrat, 28th District; 4402 Crenshaw Blvd., No. 300, Los Angeles 90043; (213) 295-6655 County Supervisor: Deane Dana, 4th District; Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Room 822, Los Angeles 90012; (213) 974-1044 STATISTICS Population: 42,032 Area: 4.80 square miles Incorporation: Jan. 30, 1957 Median household income: $18,881 Median home value: $62,727 Median age: 26.4 years Race: white, 63.8%; Latino, 48.1%; black, 6.2%; other, 30.0% (Total is more than 100% because racial/ethnic breakdowns overlap) FOCUS

Street Revival Paramount began a vigorous redevelopment of its blighted and decaying downtown in 1981. The Redevelopment Agency acquired more than 100 business sites to make way for renewal along two blocks of Paramount Boulevard, the city's major thoroughfare. Renewal is on the west and east sides of the boulevard, from Jackson Street to Alondra Boulevard. Construction on the west side of the boulevard, which includes 85,000 square feet of retail space for 38 shops, is nearly complete. The major store is a Vons market. Construction recently began on the east side, which will include 68,000 square feet of retail space for 25 separate shops anchored by a clothing store. The agency and developers have spent an estimated $150 million on the redevelopment project. More than 2,500 homes will be added to the city's housing stock in the next five years with private and redevelopment dollars.

Statistics: Donnelley Demographics (1985 estimates)

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