Posted By: Bernard Parks Staff / November, 13 2009 /

8TH DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

8TH DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Many residents and business leaders have requested information on the number and type of development projects that currently exist in the 8th District. Below is not an all inclusive list but will provide a understanding of the breath and depth of the 8th District Staff's efforts. These projects include Housing, Mixed Use, Commercial, Misc, Improvement/Beautification and Transportation. If you have any questions contact Dennis or Purvi at 213-473-7008
 
1) HOUSING PROJECTS
 
Menlo ParkApartments
831 West 70th Street
The Menlo Park Apartments, located at 831 West 70th Street, are a 49 unit large-family affordable housing project with a single-level subterranean garage and four stories of housing on top.  All 49 units have 4 bedrooms.  The development includes a management office, community room, computer room and an outdoor children's play area.  The majority of the units are priced at 50-60% Area Median Income (AMI).
 
Buckingham Place
Located along Buckingham Road in the Crenshaw Project Area, the first phase of this affordable senior housing facility, 70 units in the first of three buildings, is nearly complete but has been stalled over the last few years due to the previous developer falling into bankruptcy.  Now that the property is out of bankruptcy, Meta Housing has been working with the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to shore up the last pieces of financing to complete the first building project.  We expect the first building to be completed in the next 18 months.
 
Morgan Place
Morgan place is a 55-unit Senior Citizen residential affordable housing project located at the northwest corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and 73rd Street.  This project will serve seniors earning between 30-50% of the Area Median Income (AMI).  19 of these units are for developmentally disabled seniors.  The project has also incorporated aspects of green development (rooftop solar panels) and architectural aspects.
 
Vermont Seniors
Community Resource Talent Development (CRTD) has constructed 140 units of affordable senior housing.  This $10 million development project is now completely constructed and currently accepting rental applications.  Developer Shelby Jordan of CRTD utilized both local and Federal money to complete this building using a 30% locally hired construction force.  Geared towards a population of 62 or older, this new building is located directly across the street from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
 
Leighton Ave Townhomes
Replacing a 20 year-old vacant lot, these eight townhomes were opened to the public for sale in early 2009.  Built by Enterprise Home Ownership Partners (EHOP), this development utilized the City's new small lot ordinance and turned this 10,000 sq. ft. lot into homeownership opportunities for eight first-time homebuyers.  Each townhome is approximately 1,300 sq. ft. and is available to families making up to 150% of the Area Median Income (AMI).  The units are also environmentally friendly using such fixtures as energy-efficient lighting and rooftop solar electric systems to save on their utility bills.
 
Imani Fe
One of the largest development projects in Watts in the last 20 years, this $60 million project redeveloped a large swath of Central Avenue between 103rd and 107th Streets in both Council District Eight and Fifteen.  Almost complete, this housing development project will provide affordable 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units for 92 families.  The project has also created hundreds of construction jobs as well as permanent positions once the building opens to the public.  This project is located within the Watts Corridors Project Area.     
 
3025 S. Figueroa Blvd.
This market-rate apartment project is a 34 unit student housing development project located within the Exposition/University Park Redevelopment Project Area.  The project is privately financed and consists of a three-story apartment building with 34 apartments and a garage below with 65 parking spaces and 154 bicycle spaces.  The project will provide 61 construction jobs through a local hiring program and will generate annual tax increment revenue to the project area.  The total development cost for this project is $9.4 million.
 
 
2) MIXED-USE PROJECTS
 
University Gateway
Jefferson and Figueroa
Urban Partners is in the process of constructing a mixed-use, transit oriented student housing and retail complex.  The eight story project will include 421 market-rate, residential units for students with 770 parking spaces and 83,000 sq. ft. of retail services, including a fitness center and restaurant.  The project has provided a major benefit to the community by paying close to $2.4 million in Quimby Fees to the City to assist in creating new/additional park space.  This project will also help take pressure off of the local-resident housing stock around USC by creating housing for hundreds of USC students.  The project is scheduled to be completed by summer 2010.
 
Icon Plaza
3574-3584 S. Figueroa Street
Icon Plaza, located at 3574-3584 S. Figueroa Street, is a mixed-use student housing project being developed by Forward Progress Management.  It will be a LEED certified environmental development along the Figueroa Corridor and will provide 56 units of much needed student housing along with over 18,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail.  Additionally, this project will be providing much-needed tax increment revenue to the project area.  
 
Broadway Villas
94th Streetand Broadway
During the first phase of the Broadway Villas project, AMCAL Multi-Housing, Inc. is proposing to build a mixed-use project with 3,000 sq. ft. of commercial, retail space and 48 units of senior affordable housing at the intersection of 94th Street and Broadway.  The affordable housing portion of the project will be providing housing to seniors with 30-60% of the Area Median Income.  The remainder of this 3 acre site is owned by the Community Redevelopment Agency and will be developed in conjunction with AMCAL at a later date.
 
2700 S. Figueroa Blvd.
Located in the Exposition/University Park project area, this $51 million development project proposes a seven story mixed-use building consisting of 171 apartments and over 22,000 sq. ft. of commercial retail space.  In addition to bringing new tax increment to the project area, the Martin Group development team will also be providing the benefit of relieving pressure off of the local community residents.  
 
Bethany Senior Apartments South

83rd Streetand Manchester Ave
Bethany Senior Apartments South will be a phased development.  The first phase of this multi-phased master planned project on Hoover between 83rd Street and Manchester Ave will be a mixed-use project.  The developer, Urban Development and Finance, is proposing an 80-unit, low-income senior affordable housing development coupled with 13,500 sq. ft. of leasable commercial space for neighborhood serving uses.  Additionally, this project will be providing valuable tax increment revenue to the project area.
 
 
3) COMMERCIAL PROJECTS
 
Fresh and Easy, Neighborhood Market
Located on Crenshaw Blvd at 52nd Street.  This fresh food and produce grocery store will provide residents of the Eighth District with long-awaited, high quality grocery options.  These fresh food choices can assist in the fight against diabetes, which is of great concern to the South Los Angeles community.  Additionally, this development project will provide the residents of the Eighth District economic benefits through the addition of high quality jobs, both in construction and in permanent retail positions once the store opens.
 
BaldwinHills Crenshaw Plaza
Capri Capital Partners, a Chicago-based real estate investment firm, acquired the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in early 2006 with the intent to redevelop it into a flagship mixed-use Urban Village.  The total cost of the proposed redevelopment is estimated to be in excess of $750 million.  The project will create approximately 1,000-1,300 construction jobs and approximately 2,600 new, net permanent retail jobs.  The redevelopment calls for this project to be the economic catalyst for the surrounding community by creating new hotel space, office space and residential space in addition to the commercial retail redevelopment.
 
Maverick's Flat
Originally built by John Daniels in 1966, Maverick's Flat was the West Coast equivalent of the Apollo Theater, hosting the likes of Ike and Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations to name a few.  Developer Curtis Fralin is the process of restoring Maverick's Flat, located at 4225 S. Crenshaw Blvd. to its original luster and beyond.  The restaurant will feature an outstanding Southern-American menu with a touch of Cajun/Creole influence in an elegant, yet chic atmosphere.  The walls will be adorned with portraits of Maverick's collectibles.  Maverick's will incorporate children of the community into it's plans by offering etiquette courses to kids and by hosting a museum where kids of all ages can learn about the history of Maverick's soul era and its influence on Black music.   
 
Kaiser Permanente South Los Angeles Medical Offices

1550 W. Manchester Ave
Under construction, the new Kaiser Permanente South Los Angeles Medical Offices is located at 1550 W. Manchester Ave at Denker Ave.  This $10 million investment is privately financed and promises to bring a new, two-story medical office building with approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of medical space to the residents of South Los Angeles.  Once complete, the medical offices will provide: onsite parking, primary care services with 8-10 providers, limited X-Ray capabilities, a laboratory and a pharmacy.
 
Marlton Square
Along the perimeter of MLK Jr. Blvd and Marlton Ave., otherwise considered the commercial, retail portion of the Marlton Square project, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has completed the acquisition or encumbering of the majority of the eight existing parcels.  The proposed redevelopment of these commercial parcels will apply the Crenshaw Project Area's objective of providing much needed retail shopping opportunities for residents of South Los Angeles.  Additionally, the redevelopment project will be providing new construction and permanent retail jobs.
 
5975 S. Western Ave
The former animal shelter site located at 59th Street and Western Ave has been successfully sold to the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).  The CRA is now in the process of creating a Request for Proposals (RFP) to send out to the development community.  As this parcel is located within in an industrially-zoned area, the RFP will be focused on attracting industrial, job-creating development projects.
 
 
4) MISC. PROJECTS
 
CRA Project Area Merger
The merger proposes to merge the seven individual project areas that currently exist in Council District Eight into one or more larger South Los Angeles Project Areas.  The major benefit of the merger will be the improvement of the financial performances of the Project Areas.  Two examples are that there will be improved tax increment opportunities within the project areas and, as a combined resource, a larger project area will have the ability to bond at a higher capacity.  The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is working with the leadership of the Community Advisory Committees (CAC) to exploring the merger possibilities
 
 
Surplus Library Site - Bethune Library on Vermont Ave.

The site has been purchased by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) has recently been released to invite developers to bid on developing a project at that location.  The RFP places an emphasis on commercial retail as a community-preferred development opportunity.  
 
Western/Gage Median Project
The triangular shaped median property located at 6300 Western Ave at the northeast corner of Western and Gage Avenues has been purchased by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).  The property is intended to be transformed into an attractive landscaped median to provide a visual entry or gateway into the Western Slauson area.
 
Vacant-Surplus Property Inventory
The Council Office is working in collaboration with USC and their school of Planning to create an inventory list of vacant, abandoned and for-sale property within the Eighth Council District boundaries.  USC has agreed to take on the project of creating this list as an in-class planning assignments given to graduate level students.
 
5) IMPROVEMENTS/BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS
 
Crenshaw Visioning
The comprehensive Mid-City Crenshaw Vision + Implementation Plan by the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) was initiated by CRA/LA and created after nine months of community meetings, the work of a multi-disciplinary consulting team, including Economics Research Associates and Urban Studio, and participation from multiple city and other local agencies. The plan provides an outline for economic revitalization of Crenshaw Boulevard from the Rosa Parks Freeway (Santa Monica, I-10 Freeway) to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and surrounding communities. The area is in the Mid-City Recovery Redevelopment Project Area and the Amended Crenshaw Project Area within the CRA/LA's Hollywood/Central Region and South Los Angeles Regions.  
 
The improvements planned for the Crenshaw Corridor include green infrastructure improvements such as solar powered irrigation for parkways, storm water management, increasing the capacity of existing storm sewers, and a wide range of shade trees. Extensive street and sidewalk lighting improvements will be constructed. Streetscape improvements and street furniture will also be installed, including bus shelters, bike racks, street benches and trash receptacles.  The plan recently received a $14.7 million award from the State Proposition 1C funds.
 
Broadway/Figueroa Transit Corridor Enhancement Project

Broadway and Figueroa between 80th and 90th Street
Street Improvements include the construction of new eight-foot wide medians with integral concrete curb and gutter variable lengths. A total of twelve medians were constructed. The medians were installed with a solar-operated irrigation system and landscaped with Flaxes, Fox Tail Agaves, Aloes and low growing succulents. The Broadway medians were planted with 20 Lavender Trumpet Trees and 38 Honk Kong Orchid trees were planted along the Figueroa median. Street trees were also planted on the newly reconstructed concrete sidewalks. Pedestrian lights were also installed at four bus stop locations along Broadway and Figueroa, adjacent to Manchester Blvd.  Unsafe sidewalks were reconstructed and broken curbs were repaired.
 
Western Avenue Streetscape/Public Improvements
As a continuation of the completed landscaping program along Western Ave. between Slauson and Florence Avenues, a second phase of street tree plantings commenced on Western Ave. between Florence on the north to 80th Street to the south.  The Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) is providing consulting services for this work, along with the landscaping-architectural firm of Melendrez Associates.
 
Crenshaw Commercial Façade Improvement Program

Phase 4 of the Commercial Façade Program consists of two buildings located on the east side of Crenshaw, south of 57th Street, and several buildings on the north and south side of Slauson.  Community Development Ventures manages the contract administration aspect, the Heritage Group provides architectural designs and Marina Construction has been approved as the contractor.  Work should begin sometime in November.
 
LANI Streetscape Enhancement Program

This project provides for public improvements along Adams Blvd. between Western and Vermont Avenues.  The improvements will consist of new street trees, decorative tree well covers, illuminated gateway markers and new lighting for bus stops.  The Program will eliminate blight by encouraging a thriving commercial environment that will promote economic revitalization and employment opportunities.
 
 
6) TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
 
Crenshaw Transit Corridor Project
Metro staff has released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/DEIR).  The public was recently invited to submit comments to respond to the DEIR/DEIS and to discuss which alternative mode of transportation was their preferred option.  Currently, most community members, elected officials as well as Councilmember Parks believe the Light Rail Transportation (LRT) appears to be best alternative.  The critical part of this alternative is how it is designed.  
 
Councilmember Parks is a strong advocate for the following design elements to be included within the project: The inclusion of an underground station near Leimert Park, the inclusion of an underground connection at Exposition and Crenshaw Boulevards and the inclusion of an underground segment through the Hyde Park community.  He believes the LRT alignment should be underground from the beginning of the line at Exposition through to the future Harbor Subdivision project, south of Florence Ave.
 
Expo Light Rail Station Ped. Improvements at Menlo Ave and Exposition Blvd.
This $3.3 million project will provide safety improvements for pedestrians utilizing MLK Jr. Blvd and Menlo Ave as routes to get to the Exposition Light Rail station stop at Vermont Ave.  Once the station is open, Menlo Ave will become a key pedestrian linkage between the Vermont Ave station and the bus stops along MLK Jr. Blvd.  The improvements include: new sidewalks, landscaping, street trees, way-finding signage, pedestrian lighting and street furniture.
 
Exposition Park Traffic Circulation Improvements
This $4.5 million project includes the widening of streets and the addition of right-turn only lanes on Vermont Avenue, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Figueroa Street.  In addition, both Figueroa Street and Vermont Avenue are used as alternative corridors to the Harbor Freeway by downtown commuters during the morning and evening rush hours.  The planned improvements will facilitate better flow at these times.  They will also provide a safer environment for students at Manual Arts High School and other transit dependent constituents who utilize the Metro Rapid line at the intersection of Vermont and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard as well as other local Metro bus lines and City DASH Routes.
 
Vermont Median Bike Path Improvement
The project will reconstruct a portion of Vermont Avenue, adding new bike lanes on either side of the road and a new median island containing a shared path for bicyclists and pedestrians. This will facilitate a safe and attractive environment for bicyclists and pedestrians, thereby creating a "complete street" which comfortably accommodates all forms of transportation
 
Exposition Light Rail Line, Phase I

The Exposition Light Rail Transit Line (Expo Line) will travel along the Exposition railroad right-of-way between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City. It will share a track and two stations (7th St/Metro Center and Pico) with the Metro Blue Line as it leaves downtown Los Angeles. It will then travel along the Exposition right-of-way to the newly approved and funded aerial station at Venice/Robertson. Nine new stations will be constructed along the Expo Line route. In addition to the station at Venice/Robertson, the new stations will be located on Flower at 23rd Street and Jefferson, and on Exposition Boulevard at USC/Expo Park, Vermont, Western, Crenshaw, La Brea, and La Cinema.
 
The Expo Line will be approximately 8.6 miles in length and parallel the heavily congested I-10 freeway. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2010. Estimated travel time from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City is under 30 minutes with a projected ridership of 27,000 by 2020. The Expo Line project is considered a "Transit Parkway" that will be enhanced by bike and pedestrian paths, as well as trees and landscaping along the alignment.
 
Harbor Subdivision Project
The Harbor Subdivision is a freight rail corridor, approximately 26 miles in length, that traverses southwest Los Angeles County from Vernon to Wilmington. In the early 1990s, Metro purchased the portion of the corridor between Redondo Junction and Watson Yard, along with several other rail rights-of-way, to further the development of the region's rapid transit system.
 
Metro has initiated an Alternatives Analysis Study (AA) for the Harbor Subdivision Transit Corridor. The study will examine potential transit service along the Metro-owned Harbor Subdivision.

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