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    What: Community meeting on Manhattan Beach Strand stairs improvement project

    Where: Joslyn Community Center, 1601 N. Valley Drive

    When: 6-9 p.m. Jan. 10

    Information: ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us/

Nearly two dozen staircases linking Manhattan Beach's popular Strand to the busy beachfront bike path beneath it will be replaced or repaired during an upcoming improvement project.

The city next month plans to host the first of a handful of public meetings on the proposed work, which also aims to make the area more accessible to disabled individuals.

In all, seven new staircases will be installed in spots where the existing ones are beyond repair, while 13 others are set to be improved, city project manager Edward Kao said.

Manhattan Beach plans to use $1.4 million in federal dollars to cover the construction and provide a required 20 percent match - about $300,000 - for design work, Kao said.

"We'll try to avoid the busy time," he said of the construction, which could occur in the winter of 2014.

But first, the beach town is asking the public to weigh in at a 6 p.m. Jan. 10 public meeting in the Joslyn Community Center.

Given that the area sees heavy use and fronts a strip of beachfront homes, Mayor Wayne Powell said he's hoping for a decent turnout.

"Hopefully, people will attend," he said. "When you have people in attendance we usually get a lot of great public comments, and sometimes expertise."

One point of discussion is where to locate two wheelchair ramps, which would be best suited in areas with convenient parking and nearby amenities, Kao said.


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Proposed locations for the ramps are just south of Marine Avenue and immediately south of 26th Street.

In addition, the city wants to get feedback on the design elements, and next month will have consultants and city staff members on hand to answer residents' questions.

First and foremost, the mayor said, the chosen designs must meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requirements.

According to the meeting notice, plans call for the removal and replacement of stairs at 21st, 25th, 29th, 30th, 32nd, 33rd, and 35th streets.

Meanwhile, stairs and balusters at these spots will be rehabilitated: Eighth, 10th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 31st, and 34th Streets, Marine Avenue and Rosecrans Avenue.

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