The pretty cool-looking Broad Museum on Grand Avenue was supposed to open this year, but the museum announced today that they've now pushed the date back to 2015. As consolation, they've revealed all the details on two amenities: a restaurant developed with super-restaurateur Bill Chait of Bestia fame and a 24,000-square-foot public plaza—designed, like the museum itself, by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro (with Hood Design)—between Grand Avenue and Hope Street.
The plaza, which is scheduled to open at the end of this year, will host outdoor screenings, performances and educational events, as well as lounging under 100-year-old olive trees. According to the release, the plaza will also serve as a pedestrian-friendly connector for all the cultural stops along "downtown's cultural corridor"; there will be a new crosswalk and traffic signal in the middle of the block to encourage (and protect) foot traffic between the Broad and the east side of the street, where the MOCA and Colburn School are located.
There will also be an elevator and stairs that will connect the museum to the future Second Street/Hope Regional Connector station. No word on the pricey grocery store that was rumored to be joining the complex.
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