Councilwoman Perry tells us about the four major developments currently underway on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles. The four projects offer everything from new affordable housing opportunities to neighborhood-serving retail to direct access to city departments and services. Central Avenue is truly reaping the benefits of redevelopment.
These exciting projects include:
• Central Village
Located at the intersection of 20th and Central, this mixed-use development project includes 45,000 sq. ft. of retail and 85 units of affordable, family housing. Retail tenants include Pizza Hut, Game Stop, New Town Buffet Restaurant, and a grocer. Housing developer Beyond Shelter and retail developer Oppenheim LLC, expect to open in Winter of 2008/09.
• Adams & Central
Councilwoman Perry along with Meta Housing and community stakeholders broke ground on this mixed-use development in July of this year. The project includes 79 units of affordable, family housing and 18,500 sq. ft. retail. Fresh & Easy market has already signed-on to open a full-service, quality grocery store at the site. The project is expected to be completed in Spring of 2010.
• Rittenhouse Square
Rittenhouse Square offers the Central Avenue community 100 units of affordable, senior housing. The project, located at 33rd & Central, is a mixed-use development which includes 4,500 sq. ft. of retail. Developers, Thomas Saffran & Associates, have created developed beautiful projects throughout the region and have integrated green building design at Rittendhouse. Construction began in April 2008 and they are expecting to cut the ribbon on the project in Spring of 2010.
• Constituent Service Center
The Ninth District Constituent Service Center represents a $13 million dollar investment in Central Avenue by the City of Los Angeles. This neighborhood City Hall, currently under construction at 43rd & Central, is a 9,000 square-foot city-owned building that will include a rooftop garden, offering an urban oasis for everyone to enjoy. This “green” roof will be the first of its kind on any city building and will pave the way for others throughout the city. Additionally, the building will also be LEEDS certified, which means it will meet strict environmental construction guidelines.