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.
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.
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