Merchants Take Action Securing Their Businesses in Oakland

As part of its beautification project for International Boulevard, the Unity Council's Fruitvale Main Street Program is teaming up with merchants and Solar Control Glass Tinting Company to demonstrate a complete glass safety system, which consists of a security window film that prevents glass from shattering and the `FrameGard' attachment system, which fixes the entire window to the building.

This state of the art system reduces glass hazards resulting from storms or explosions, while eliminating unsightly security bars. Merchants will test this technology in a demonstration on March 20, at 11:00 am at Regina's Lace and Crafts located at 3937 International Boulevard. The community is invited to test, with a baseball bat, a glass door that has been protected with the glass safety system.

This event will kick off the next phase of the Main Street Program's beautification project for International Boulevard, a streetscape project, which includes the removal of unattractive security gates, along with new sewer lines and sidewalks installed between 33rd and 35th Avenues. Plans for the streetscape include new trees, benches and street lighting. The City will be breaking ground on this project in March.

Regina's Lace and Crafts was one of the buildings vandalized after the AFC Championship game in January. The merchant community on International Boulevard strongly feels that the commercial district is a safe and convenient place to shop and these disturbances will not slow down their efforts to beautify the area.

City of Oakland and Oakland Police Department officials will be in attendance for the demonstration along with the merchant and neighborhood community. As we work together toward eliminating unsightly security bars we will make our neighborhoods safer and more attractive.

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