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12:10 AM PST on Thursday, December 17, 2009

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

An improved business district and continued road and water improvements are part of San Bernardino County’s long-range plan for Cedar Glen.

The five-year plan, adopted by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, is basically the same as one adopted in 2005 after 323 homes were destroyed in the 2003 Old Fire, about a third of the homes in the San Bernardino Mountains community.

Most of the promised improvements have been slow to come due to bureaucratic and legal wrangling. But with the county’s long-sought purchase of the community’s water company completed in January, the redevelopment agency has begun to make progress, Redevelopment Agency Director Kathy Thomas told supervisors.

Some elements of the plan began to materialize earlier this year with the installation of 14,300 feet of new water pipes and construction of a 470,000-gallon reservoir. Some deteriorated roads were repaved.

The redevelopment agency plans to continue with $7.1 million in water and road improvements — the key issue needed to allow many homeowners to rebuild — along with $400,000 to improve the area’s business district and a redesigned intersection at Highway 173 and Hook Creek Road.

The county also plans to sell several small lots to neighbors, eliminating substandard lots that don’t meet county planning standards.

Dave Stuart, executive director of Rebuilding Mountain Hearts and Lives, a group formed to help fire victims, said the projects are ones that are well-known to the community and long-awaited.

“I think the county’s trying to do the right thing for that area,” he said.

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