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Congratulations to 2014 Beautiful Belmont Award Recipients

The seventh annual awards program honored four recipients at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Belmont City Council.

This landscaping project at 1927 Oak Knoll received a Beautiful Belmont award  Photo: Joan Dentler
This landscaping project at 1927 Oak Knoll received a Beautiful Belmont award Photo: Joan Dentler
A whimsical landscaping project, a contemporary apartment building makeover, a revived 75-year-old business, and an modernized, expanding school district were all acknowledged last week by Belmont City Council as "Beautiful Belmont" winners. 

"I was taken aback by the neighbors who walked by and shared their positive feedback about the building. They were genuinely interested in what we were doing," said Kevin Phillips, property owner of the apartment building at 1190 Ralston Avenue, one of the award winners. (Phillips has since sold the property, but accepted the award on behalf of the new owner.)

The annual awards program recognizes individuals, businesses, and community groups who have enhanced the community by making significant exterior improvements to their Belmont properties. Eligible improvements include the enhancement, upgrading, reconstruction, or replacement of a property, making it more visually appealing as well as enriching the surrounding neighborhood or district.

Belmont Hardware, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with the unveiling of the store's new facade and neon sign, was the winner in the commercial category. 

"We've been working on a facade improvement since I bought the business in 1991," said owner Brad Clore.

And for its efforts to modernize, expand and upgrade six school campuses, the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District received an award in the community building category.

BRSSD Superintendent Michael Milliken and trustee Amy Koo accepted the award on behalf of the district.

"The people of Belmont and Redwood Shores passed a bond in 2010 and now three years later, we have modernized and expanded our facilities and we continue to look for funding sources to continue to improve them," said Milliken. 

2014 Belmont Beautiful Award recipients:
  • Commercial: Belmont Hardware, owner Brad Clore
  • Landscaping: 1927 Oak Knoll
  • Residential: 1190 Ralston Ave.
  • Community buildings: Belmont-Redwood Shores School District

To nominate a business for next year's Beautiful Belmont Awards Program, go to http://www.belmont.gov/Upload/Document/D240004360/Brochure.pdf

Courtney Carreras January 24, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Great choices for this award. LOVE the improvements at 1190 Ralston - really improves that very visible corner as you enter town. Ralston improvements also look great - makes the school much more cheerful and modern. I have a friends that lives at the top of Oak Knoll and so I've been admiring that house's lawn sculpture and great use of artificial grass for some time. And of course well done to Belmont Hardware on their new signage and 75 years in business. Congrats to all!
Joan S. Dentler January 24, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Thanks Courtney....I agree all are well done. And I hadn't even noticed the Oak Knoll project was artificial turf! No wonder it was so green during a drought :)
Courtney Carreras January 24, 2014 at 07:03 PM
Yes Joan, its an ideal spot for artificial - small area and heavily shaded.

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