The rehabilitation of the old Lincoln Heights Jail is really on its way--a City Council committee approved a motion this week that'll give the LA River Revitalization Corporation access to the property to do an environmental and cost estimate and goes ahead with executing a lease, according to EGPNews. According to the motion (pdf), the LARRC and the city are working "to redevelop the Lincoln Heights Jail (Jail) with the goal of building a clean-tech hub that promotes and enables entrepreneurial education, cultural initiatives, and a sound multi-cultural economic base." We learned in June that architecture firm Perkins + Will is donating its services to create a conceptual plan. The plan will have many phases but phase one is pretty damn awesome: "the third tallest outdoor climbing wall west of the Mississippi," paid for Prop K park funds. EGP clarifies that "the motion specifically addresses creating a climbing wall to expand recreational activities along the LA River, and not the redevelopment of the entire building." There're no firm plans for the building yet, so filmmakers can keep shooting spooky stuff there. The City Council is set to consider the access/lease issue on Wednesday.
· LA River Group One Step Closer to Redeveloping Lincoln Heights Jail [EGPNews]
· Old Lincoln Heights Jail Could Finally Be Reborn as Urban Farm [Curbed LA]