Justifying the commission’s recommendations, the report stated the estimated construction date of the San Gabriel Valley projects – 2011 – was relatively late compared to other candidate projects. But the work on the 605-10 interchange is 20 years overdue, and congestion there is leading to increased traffic and pedestrian accidents on Baldwin Park’s streets, Councilwoman Marlen Garcia said. An average of 438,000 vehicles use the 605/10 interchange daily, making it the 19th busiest in the state, according to Caltrans statistics. “Our fight is not going to stop, and we will continue to lobby and meet with the people we need to meet to get this funded,” said Garcia, who leads an interchange task force composed of at least eight cities along the 10 corridor. “The traffic is not going to go away.” She said she will join Mayor Manuel Lozano and council members Anthony Bejarano and Ricardo Pacheco on a lobbying trip to Sacramento on Tuesday to ask the Transportation Commission to reinstate funding for the project. “If not, we want them to assure us that this project will be funded in the near future,” she said. “But for us, even the near future is too far away.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An upgrade to the congested San Bernardino (10) and San Gabriel River (605) freeway interchange will not receive funding until at least 2008, according to a draft report released Friday by the agency tasked with allocating state transportation money. Staffers for the California Transportation Commission are recommending approval of less than a quarter of the total $435.5 million in freeway improvements being sought for the San Gabriel Valley. Among the projects being rejected for funding are a $70.5 million flyover connector between the southbound 605 and the eastbound 10 and a $191.5 million extension of the 10 Freeway carpool lane between Citrus Avenue in West Covina and the Orange (57) Freeway. The first phase of the carpool-lane extension, from Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park to Citrus, will get a little more than half of the $173.5 million total cost of the project, according to the report. The report also left open the possibility that the second phase could be funded in 2008. The report’s recommendations, which will be debated by the commission on Tuesday, will be used as a basis to allocate a total of $2.8 billion for statewide freeway projects, part of the $20 billion transportation bond approved by California voters last November. Local officials said Friday the state’s recommendations shortchange not just the San Gabriel Valley but all of Los Angeles County, the most populous in the state. “There’s not much good news there,” said Duarte Councilman John Fasana, chairman of the transportation committee of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, a local municipal lobbying group. A COG analysis of the state’s funding recommendations shows Los Angeles County received 11.8 percent of the total freeway funds available, despite comprising nearly 28 percent of the state’s population. Orange County, with 8.3 percent of the population, got 13 percent of the funding. Fasana noted that even Los Angeles’ politically powerful Westside came out on the losing end of the recommendations, with the state rejecting a bid for $730 million to add an extra carpool lane on the busy San Diego (405) Freeway between the 10 and the Ventura (101) Freeway. “Even the projects they recommend are only partially funded, leaving significant shortfalls,” Fasana said.
Minor Hotel Group (MHG), a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 135 hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, today announced the expansion of its portfolio in Australia.The AUD$150 million development known as The Beach Apartments Broadbeach on Queensland’s Gold Coast, when completed in late 2017, will become known as AVANI Broadbeach Residences.The project is being developed by industry-leading developers Anthony Moreton Group and Pryde Group, and is currently under construction with builder Brookfield Multiplex.Scheduled to open in 2017 in advance of the XXI Commonwealth Games to be held on the Gold Coast in 2018, the 219-key AVANI Broadbeach Residences will be located in the heart of one of the Gold Coast’s premier beach destinations.AVANI Broadbeach Residences will be well placed for guests to take advantage of Broadbeach’s most popular lifestyle and entertainment precincts, including the world-class Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, which is set to become Queensland’s largest, the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, and the iconic Jupiters Casino.AVANI Broadbeach Residences will also be conveniently located a short stroll from Broadbeach’s walking tracks and lush parklands, as well as the Gold Coast Light Rail tram network, connecting guests with the city’s key activity hubs, such as Surfers Paradise and Southport.Leveraging the strengths of all partners to create the ultimate guest experience tailored to the location, Minor Hotel Group is fusing its fresh, modern philosophy and brand concepts with the developers’ overall master plan for a lifestyle-focused environment.Created by DBI, design concepts in development include a tropical landscaped podium terrace, a resident’s lounge, meeting space and an al fresco bar and restaurant.Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotel Group, commented, “We are very excited to announce the expansion of our upscale AVANI brand in Queensland and also to enter into this partnership with the highly respected Anthony Moreton Group and Pryde Group.“AVANI Broadbeach will be located in one of the Gold Coast’s most sought after tourist locations and the development is the perfect fit for AVANI, showcasing contemporary style and design which perfectly complements the ethos of the brand.”“We are delighted by the opportunity to partner with Minor Hotel Group,” commented Tony Hazell, CEO of co-developer Anthony Moreton Group.“There was overwhelming interest from experienced operators vying to acquire the right to manage The Beach Apartments, but we chose Minor Hotel Group due to its wealth of experience, and reputation in Asia and in the global hospitality market.”Currently with an existing portfolio of 52 hotels under the Oaks Hotels & Resorts brand, Minor Hotel Group is strongly committed to further introduce, develop and expand its luxury hotel and resort brands throughout Australia. Minor Hotel Group Source = Minor Hotel Group