LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved four projects that Councilmember Bob Blumenfield said will successfully grow economic opportunities in parts of the West San Fernando Valley.

The council signed off on an expansion of the Aliso Creek Confluence Park, streetscape enhancements on Sherman Way in Reseda, improvements to the Madrid Theater as part of the Canoga Park Arts Hub, and a new traffic signal.

All of the projects are being funded with Community Redevelopment Agency excess bond funds.

“For over a decade, I have worked with residents, business owners and community organizations on ways to help the West Valley become an engine for economic growth and a destination for commerce, art and culture,” Blumenfield said. “These projects are critical to achieving that goal in Canoga Park and Reseda.”

The approved motions include $4.65 million for an expansion of the Aliso Creek Confluence Park, which will create two new walking paths along the north side of the Los Angeles River between Reseda Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue, a new pedestrian bridge across Aliso Creek, and various improvements to capture more stormwater.

Another motion includes $2.5 million for streetscape improvements for Sherman Way Great Streets project, which is focused on the stretch of Sherman Way between Lindley and Wilbur avenues.

Around $3 million was approved for renovations to the Madrid Theater, a 440-seat professional-level performing arts facility, and $350,000 was earmarked to install a traffic signal at Victory Boulevard and Vanalden Avenue with high-visibility crosswalks.