Despite Governor Jerry Brown's plan to scrap local redevelopment agencies, a project to turn seven acres in South Los Angeles into a park, housing and a possible school is expected to be done by 2015. The money to fund the project is part of the $930 million saved by the Los Angeles City Council in March.
The property is located between Slauson Avenue to the north, Wall Street to the west and Los Angeles Street to the east. The Brotherhood Crusade's part of the land located on the northeast corner and houses to the south are not part of the redevelopment and will remain.
“Right now, we are looking at the property as a whole, deciding where we want to place the housing, where we want to place the park space, where we want to place the commercial development and working with the community around issues of design,” said Tafarai Bayne, community affairs officer for TRUST South LA.
The non-profit TRUST South LA, the non-profit developer Abode Communities and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles wants to move some of the factories that are there and redevelop the area to be more like the residential community around it.
This includes building affordable housing, a community center, a charter school or stores and a park.
The housing will be a four-story building complete with a parking lot. The four-acre park will have a basket ball court, a sports field, an amphitheater stage and shaded areas for picnics.
Money for the project is coming from different places: a $5 million grant awarded to the CRA/LA from Proposition 84, the Statewide Park Program; a Community Development Block Grant of $2.7 million from the Community Development Department; and another $2 million grant already invested into land trust equity from CRA/LA.
The property has already been bought by the CRA for $13 million.
The master plan for the overall design of the space should be done in one to two months. The CRA/LA will continue to test the land and air for pollution for six to nine months. When that's done, construction can start, said Oliver Baker, a project manager at Abode Communities.
Although construction of the different parts of the project will probably start at different times, Baker said.
If all goes well, the project should be done within four years.
“This project will succeed regardless of what's happening with the redevelopment agencies overall,” said Robin Hughes, president of Abode Communities.