WHITTIER – The new Uptown Whittier would have metered parking on the streets, more parking structures, a traffic circle at Philadelphia Street and Painter Avenue and plans for developments. Architect Stefanos Polyzoides, one of the owners of Moule and Polyzoides, a planning and architectural firm, Friday revealed conceptual plans to renovate Uptown Whittier. It was the last of several meetings that have been held this week. About 100 people, including merchants, residents and city officials, were present at Friday’s meeting at the Crystal Marquis. “The single most important thing of all is a park-once strategy,” Polyzoides said. “We can cut the parking by 50 percent and allow people to build without requiring parking.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Polyzoides said the idea is for customers to park their cars and then walk to the stores. If they used the structures, parking would be free for the first two hours. Metered parking could bring in between $2 million to $5 million per year, he said. That money could then be used for maintenance of the Uptown area, he added. The plans presented Friday were the culmination of hours of work during the past week. The goal is to develop a Specific Plan to guide development for the area. Two one-hour presentations – with discussion – were held Tuesday through Thursday. About 45 to 50 people were present during each meeting. The firm is expected to bring back a draft written plan to the city in about two months. Hearings by the Planning Commission and City Council are expected to begin by the end of the year. Nothy Garcia, president of the Uptown Whittier Association, said she is pleased with the plan as presented so far. “It gives a hope that something will change for the future,” Garcia said. “There may be some things that are too unrealistic, but it’s great to have vision.” Garcia said she liked the concept of one-stop parking and the higher densities in regard to housing. Moule and Polyzoides’ plan also calls for a traffic circle at Painter and Philadelphia. “We need a way of traffic calming on Painter,” Polyzoides said. “We can’t have a street like Painter dividing \ from the town with traffic driving at 50 mph.” The plans also propose two new parks, eventual replacement of ficus trees, a market at the now-closed Alpha Beta store and a new zoning code to encourage development. housing and commercial [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!