The plan to turn two parking lots near El Pueblo, Union Station, and Chinatown into a new mixed-use neighborhood, complete with a historic paseo, is barreling forward. LA Plaza Cultura Village, from the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes nonprofit, LA County, which owns the parking lots, architect Johnson Fain, and developer Trammell Crow, has now finished up its draft environmental impact report, Downtown News reports, and that means fresh details. The EIR says the project will have 345 apartments (down about 40 from previous versions) and 55,000 square feet of retail (up 5,000 square feet). Block A, closer to Union Station, will front Spring Street with a one-story building and then grow to five stories behind it; 35,000 square feet of Block A will be devoted to tourism services. Block B, at Broadway and Hill, would be a mid-rise, likely eight stories.
The project also includes a pedestrian promenade planned to cut through the development and connect the pueblo and Olvera Steet to the Fort Moore Memorial on the edge of Chinatown; it'll incorporate water features, shaded seating areas, and nice sight lines of the area's landmarks. Block A will also include an open-air plaza and palm court. Parking will be subterranean and in structures, providing 786 spots, with 150 devoted to county employees, jurors, and visitors.
LA Plaza will still have to complete a final EIR, but the pace is obviously swift. Completion is expected in 2018.
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