The mixed-use Blossom Plaza project in Chinatown is seeing a little more forward motion this week, after two years of quiet (save for a tentative mid-2013 start date announcement). On today's City Council agenda is a report from the LA Housing Department (pdf) requesting permission to commit to funding the project with $5.3 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Developer Forest City and the city of LA are still working out terms of FC's lease for the site, but this is another sign that the project really might be back from the dead, again. All told, Blossom Plaza will have 240 apartments, 53 of which will be classed as affordable. The transit-oriented development will also include a cultural plaza, 175 parking spaces for the adjacent Gold Line stop, bike amenities, and an enhanced bus shelter. In addition to Blossom Plaza, the Housing Department is also seeking to commit to funding phase two of the Linda Vista Hospital redevelopment in Boyle Heights, which will have 97 senior housing units, and the Navy Village development on the Harbor City/San Pedro border, which will provide 74 two-bedroom apartments for homeless families.
· Council Transmittal from Los Angeles Housing Department (pdf) [City Clerk]
· Blossom Plaza Archives [Curbed LA]