Gary Galadzhyan, owner of Discount Tires on Whittier, said profits are now back to pre-construction levels. “I lost 70 percent of my business and I had to get a home equity loan to get by,” Galadzhyan said. “But it looks good now and we get a lot of compliments.” help owners offset any profits lost during the construction email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – New benches and trees, improved facades, wider sidewalks with brick inlays, new curbs and gutters, new street lights. A $10 million redevelopment project along Whittier Boulevard took about a year to complete. But as it nears completion this week, Montebello city officials said they hope the improvements will help erase some of the pain many business owners experienced during the year-long construction. Along with the boulevard’s beautification, city officials are banking on a new mixed-use housing and retail development to be built near Whittier and Montebello boulevards, to attract an influx of businesses to the once-thriving commercial area. “We want to increase the foot traffic like it was here once,” Montebello City Councilwoman Norma Lopez-Reid said. “People would go there to shop and take care of daily needs. We would love to see a book store with a coffee shop and an ice cream store – places that families would go and hang out. A family affair.” On Saturday, city officials and business owners will celebrate the project’s completion with a festival from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. along Whittier Boulevard. The revitalization came at a price. Each side of the boulevard was shut down for extended periods. Two businesses folded during the construction phase, which began last October. Other business owners said they lost as much as 75 percent of their incomes during the street closures. Jose Bazua, economic project manager for the city, said Montebello offered low-interest loans to Whittier Boulevard businesses for facade improvements, not to . Six business owners received the loans, Bazua said. While his business is slowly picking up again, Jim Javaheri, owner of Jimmie’s Restaurant at Montebello and Whittier boulevards, said his income dropped so severely that he was forced to lay off employees. “Over the time it took, it almost crippled us. \ go away if it’s difficult to get to their favorite place. It’s very hard to get people back,” he said.