Downtown's planned, but not universally loved, Rios Clementi Hales Studio-designed Civic Park will likely start work next month and probably be finished by 2012, according to a press release issued yesterday by the Community Redevelopment Agency. Straddled by Broadway and Hill, the four block, 16-acre proposed park will be an "iconic park for Los Angeles,” said CRA/LA Board Chairman Bruce D. Ackerman in the statement. The bulk of the $56 million park is being paid for from fees pre-paid by Related Cos, the developer behind the now-delayed planned Grand Ave project. Last fall, Gerry Hertzberg, policy director for LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina, said there's a chance that some parts of the park may open sooner.
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