CORONA — Local merchants have created a group to discuss their concerns about plans for Corona Plaza, where they are located.
Friends of Corona Plaza formed earlier this month in the face of changes that are coming to the plaza off Roosevelt Avenue, including a major renovation set to kick off next year.
"There's a lot going on with the plaza — there's a lot of changes," said Edgar Gutierrez, 34, the manager of Walgreens and president of the group.
"We want to get everyone together and see how can we make it better, how...the changes that the plaza's going to go through will impact us."
The city's plans, which will revitalize the public space, will add more seating, improved lighting and additional greenery.
Construction is set to begin next year, Gutierrez said, and store owners have expressed concerns over how the work will disrupt their business.
"We're interested to see how that will impact our businesses," he said. "That's one of the main reasons we are getting together — to have one voice."
The group, which is planning to meet in July, is also eyeing maintenance concerns as well as other ways to enhance the streetscape.
Some 11 businesses have joined Friends of Corona Plaza so far, Gutierrez said, but he hopes more will sign on.
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