The Whittier Redevelopment Agency (WRA) was established on September 21, 1971. The Agency had four redevelopment projects: a) the Greenleaf Avenue/Uptown Whittier Redevelopment Project established in 1974, b) the Whittier Boulevard Redevelopment Project, established in 1978, c) the Whittier Earthquake Recovery Project, established in 1987, and d) the Whittier Commercial Corridor Redevelopment Project, established in 2002. The Redevelopment Agency was dissolved on February 1, 2012 and the Whittier Redevelopment Successor Agency is charged with its wind down.
The Greenleaf Redevelopment Project covers a 137-acre area in Uptown Whittier and along Greenleaf Avenue. The area is developed primarily by office buildings, retail stores, condominiums, and institutional uses.
The Whittier Blvd Redevelopment Project consisted of approximately 238 acres containing a variety of major commercial and light industrial uses along Whittier Blvd., the primary corridor into the city from the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605).
As a result of the Whittier Narrows earthquake of October 1987, many of the existing structures in Uptown Whittier were severely damaged. On Nov. 24, 1987, the Earthquake Recovery Project, a tract of land consisting of approximately 521 acres, was established by the City as part of the plan to rehabilitate and revitalize the damaged area. The Earthquake Recovery Project included the core Uptown retail area and surrounds the Greenleaf Redevelopment Project on the east, north and west side.
The Whittier Commercial Corridor Redevelopment Project consisted of approximately 628 acres and is the primary commercial corridor area on both sides of Whittier Blvd. This project includes the Fred C. Nelles site and the commercial area on Lambert Road south of the original area.
Health and Safety Code Sections 33000, et seq. formerly required that each redevelopment agency adopt a five-year Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan must describe specific goals and objectives of the agency for each redevelopment project area, specific programs, including potential projects and estimated expenditures to be made during the five year planning period, and explain how the goals, objectives, programs and expenditures will eliminate blight remaining in the project area(s) and implement the affordable housing requirements the Health and Safety Code. Pursuant to State Law, the Whittier Redevelopment Agency was dissolved on February 1, 2012 and its assets and obligation transferred to the Whittier Redevelopment Successor Agency and the Whittier Housing Authority. This is the 2010 Redevelopment Implementation Plan. This is the 2005 Redevelopment Implementation Plan.
As part of the strategy to close funding gaps in the State’s budget, AB X1 26 and 27 were signed by the Governor on June, 29, 2011. Parts of the new laws eliminate redevelopment and suspend redevelopment agency activities, including incurring indebtedness or entering into or modifying contracts.
The laws required the Whittier Redevelopment Agency to wind down and formally dissolve on February 1, 2012. The Whittier Redevelopment Successor Agency handles the wind down process and approves the semi-annual or annual budget documents referred to as the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS). Each ROPS can be found on the City Council agenda website.