The Los Angeles City Council approved a $1.4 billion comprehensive sidewalk repair program Wednesday that includes rebates for home and business owners to fix their sidewalks, according to the L.A. City Council's website.
The 30-year program, dubbed Safe Sidewalks L.A., comes after a “long road” that included conducting 10 public hearings and gathering other public input, Councilman Paul Krekorian told KPCC.
“For about 40 years now Los Angeles has suffered from deteriorating sidewalks because we haven’t had a comprehensive repair plan,” said Krekorian. “For once and for all we are embarking on a really bold plan to ensure that every sidewalk in the city gets repaired.”
Safe Sidewalk L.A. includes rebates for home and business owners to fix their sidewalks in the first three years. Starting Thursday, the public can apply for a rebate.
Here’s what to know if you’re looking for a rebate:
- The public can apply at www.sidewalks.lacity.org or call 3-1-1.
- Rebates are capped for the first three years at $2,000 for homeowners and $4,000 for business owners.
- Each sidewalk requiring repair will be inspected and a rebate amount will be pre-calculated for that home or business owner.
- Work will need to be done by a licensed contractor secured by the owner.
- Owners receive the rebate after the work is done and inspected to be fully accessible.
- Sidewalk repairs certified by the city are covered by the city for 20 years.
After the rebate program concludes, the city will continue to inspect, repair and warranty sidewalks throughout Los Angeles. Krekorian said priority will be given to areas that have received significant complaints and areas open to the public that have special access and mobility issues, such as healthcare providers and employers.
“The council has committed for the long term to invest in this very important public infrastructure, which is important to the quality of neighborhoods, important to active transportation, important to recreational benefits for our children [and] certainly important for public safety,” said Krekorian.
This story has been updated.