The Wilmington waterfront will be getting a major overhaul with a new promenade, a pedestrian plaza, parking for bikes and cars, and additional upgrades to make the waterfront a more attractive place to visit. The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners has just awarded a design contract for the $52.7-million project to Sasaki Associates, Inc. A release from the Port of Los Angeles says that Sasaki's design of the new promenade will be 1,300 feet long and 30 feet wide, and run in front of and next to the Banning's Landing Community Center, creating a "window on the waterfront."
The improvements to the waterfront area will also include a new, 2.5-acre pedestrian plaza; a 1.25-acre parking area "and/or event space" between Water Street and the promenade; a parking lot north of the plaza; and new landscaping, wayfinding, bike racks, and lighting. The project will realign Water Street so that it runs north-south (the same direction as existing railroad tracks) and take out a freight structure that's on the property now.
The Port of LA chose Boston-based firm Sasaki to oversee the design; they were also behind the Wilmington Waterfront Park that opened in 2011. The engineering, architectural, and landscaping design part of the promenade process is expected to wrap up sometime in mid-2018.
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