After news broke earlier this month that a construction project could threaten Broguiere's Dairy, longtime fans of the much-loved Montebello fixture took to social media to express outrage.
It looks as if the outcry has caused a change of heart: City officials this week scrapped plans to pursue the railroad-grade separation project that would have substantially lowered Maple Avenue to build an underpass, making Broguiere's driveway inaccessible from street level.
Under a new plan proposed by Montebello council member Jack Hadjinian, a bicycle and pedestrian overpass would be erected where the railroad tracks cross Maple Avenue, thereby preserving street access to the dairy.
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But dairy owner Ray Broguiere, whose family has operated the business since the 1920s, isn't so convinced that the place will ultimately be saved.
“Until I see it in writing and officially passed or whatever at a council meeting, then OK, fine, I know they’re serious, otherwise I still have some reservations about it,” he told us in a phone call. "We're hoping they're true to their word."
Still, the proposal isn't perfect, and Hadjinian acknowledges as much. The councilmember told NBC that while his plan would creates a safe overpass for pedestrians, it doesn't solve the problem of vehicular accidents at the crossing.
Hadjinian is expected to submit the new proposal at a city council meeting on July 13. It's a date that Broguiere says "is going to be key" in determining the fate of the historic dairy.