Seemingly out of nowhere, a giant mixed-use project planned for the nexus of Chinatown/El Pueblo/Union Station is moving toward reality. Six developers already submitted proposals to build a pair of projects hugging North Spring Street, North Broadway, and Cesar Chavez Avenue, reports Brigham Yen. The developments, currently called LA Plaza Cultura Village, could drop 384 apartments and 50,000 square feet of retail on two surface parking lots which the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a nearby nonprofit, has the option to lease from the County, which will have final approval on
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All that foot traffic and retail could be game-changing for the the very inconsistent area (lively one block, dead the next); equally enlivening to the plaza would be the east-west paseo packed with retail that would be a central part of the project, helping connect pedestrian traffic from the pueblo and Olvera Street to the Fort Moore Memorial on the southern edge of Chinatown. (The memorial's water fountain, by the way, is on its way to being restored.) A scoping meeting happens Wednesday and construction could start late in 2015.
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