A wide-ranging report intended to guide the economic and recreational development of Wilmington--as well as give the community access to the harbor--has been released by Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores, who said she hoped it would serve as "a springboard for commercial revitalization."
Wilmington residents, who often complain that they live in the only Southern California waterfront community without any access to the water, have been anxiously awaiting the study, which offers various solutions to that problem.
The report was prepared by Calvin Hamilton, the former city planning chief who is now a private consultant. Flores said Hamilton unveiled the report Friday at a meeting in her office, attended by representatives from the port, the city Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as three city departments: planning, transportation and community development.
The study, which reads somewhat like a Christmas wish list for Wilmington, offers four major recommendations:
The creation of a 15-acre "comprehensive community shopping center" between Anaheim and F streets and from Fries Avenue to Avalon Boulevard, including a cluster of ethnic food restaurants, headquarters for a major port client, professional office space, as well as a chain market, a drugstore and retail businesses.