Tehachapi residents will see new trees, small plants and stormwater capture areas along familiar streets and bike paths this year after the city received a state-funded Urban Greening Grant allowing 474 trees to be planted.
The $889,300 project, funded by the California Natural Resources Agency, will soon be underway as the Tehachapi City Council unanimously approved hiring Wood Architecture for landscape design services for the grant at their Jan. 21 meeting.
“It’s a 100 percent grant funded from the state of California,” city Development Services Director Jay Schlosser said at the meeting.
Wood Architecture, a design consulting management company, will assist with landscape construction plans, administration and construction observation for the amount of $62,560.
In November, the City Council gave approval for city staff to independently reach out and select a design company, as previous bids ranging from $134,320 to $215,097 exceeded the city’s budget.
Schlosser said Wood Architecture’s bid was within the budget for the grant.
"We set about approaching a few architectural firms that we know and have used in the past," he said. "One specifically is Wood Architecture who was the sub-consultant for the park and ride ... and the landscape designer for the Flying J travel center.”
The Citywide Tree Planting & Stormwater Capture Project calls for trees to be planted on Valley Boulevard bike path from Curry toward the west, along the Tehachapi Boulevard bike path, on Antelope Run from Highline Road to Tehachapi Boulevard and other areas.
Funding for the grant is a statewide effort to help the environment.
“The Urban Greening Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities,” according to resources.ca.gov.