Redlands has miles and miles of historic cut-stone curbs, and many of those miles are in shabby shape – the concrete crown is knocked off, or the stones are pushed over, or the pavement has obliterated part of the curb. Many Southern California towns once had such curbs, but have long-since replaced them with concrete. Redlands Conservancy believes these curbs are iconic and should be saved – they, along with the historic buildings and trees, say “Redlands is different.”
The City of Redlands requires property owners to pay for the restoration of the cut-stone curbs in front of their property, although the curbs are owned by the City. To do restoration work, property owners also have to pay for a $300 Encroachment Fee.
Redlands Conservancy’s Cut-Stone Curb Restoration Program helps property owners with the restoration project. The Conservancy has arranged for the City of Redlands to waive the $300 Encroachment Fee, and we have arranged with one stone mason to do the work for a set fee of $30 per linear foot. A property owner with 50 feet of curb would pay $1,500 for the restoration work. The contractor removes each stone, cleans it up or replaces as needed, re-sets the stone, and puts on a new concrete cap. The restored curbs are beautiful.
To participate in the program or to get more information, click here.