As you're probably aware, South Park is booming. The little pocket of energy created by the Staples Center back in 1999 has continued to grow at a rapid pace, and the sea of parking lots that once surrounded Figueroa has all but dried up. According to the Downtown News's latest development recap, there are 16 projects currently under construction in South Park, including Greenland's massive Metropolis project which began last year. This coming Thursday, Chinese developer Oceanwide will break ground on the latest newcomer: a $1 billion development featuring residential units and a retail galleria dubbed "Fig Central."
All this development means tens of thousands of new people will be walking, biking, shopping, eating, working, and living in the area, making the equitable access to Figueroa St brought on by MyFigueroa crucial. Figueroa is more than just an artery for those passing through; it's the thread that stitches together the fabric of the neighborhood being created.
That thread that keeps getting longer, too! Just yesterday, renderings of a proposed redevelopment of 7th St at Figueroa surfaced, highlighting the possibility of yet another protected bike lane or "cycle track" that would link up to Figueroa, which means cyclists would be able to travel safely, all the way from MLK Blvd to the central Historic Core.
Go Fig go!
Huge project breaks ground in south park this week
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We are excited to share with you the following latest news about our transformative project for Figueroa Street, 11th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Pedestrian and street lighting installed!
The Bureau of Street Lighting has completed the pedestrian and street lighting portions of the project along Figueroa between 7th St and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, and on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd from Figueroa to Vermont Ave.
New Pedestrian Lighting on Figueroa Street
New Pedestrian Lighting on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
New Street Lighting on Figueroa Street
MyFigueroa has been granted a time extension by the State of California Housing and Community Development Department. Construction is now required to be completed by December, 2016. Under the new timeline, the Bureau of Engineering plans to have MyFigueroa out to bid to potential contractors by Summer 2015 so that contractors may begin construction by January 2016 and complete construction by December 2016.
For a refresher on all the exciting ways MyFigueroa will transform Figueroa Blvd, check out our About page and the Project Details. You can also download a PDF of the Fact Sheet and the presentation from the 2013 Community Meeting (provide link).
LA Times guest bloggers Francois Bar and John Seely Brown talk about the serendipity that occurs when people have places to gather and talk about new ideas and projects. The Figueroa Corridor has the opportunity to become a vibrant innovation spine linking South Los Angeles and Downtown if we build those places with safer streets for all.
Read the full article here.
The City Planning Department's Report to Council in response to Councilmember Curren Price's Motion CF13-1124 has been posted to the City Clerks's website. A link is provided here: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2013/13-1124_misc_03-18-14.pdf
The Report to Council will be considered at public hearing the City Council Planning and Land Use Committee next Tuesday, March 25th at 2:30pm at City Hall.
Please attend the hearing to show your support for this transformative project that will create a vibrant spine in South Los Angeles and Downtown along Figueroa Street. The project supports business and property owners with strong economic development opportunities as well as safe transportation options for residents, employees and visitors.
|Proposed 11th & Hope Street Streetscape Improvements
The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board and Kerry Cavanaugh, LA Times Opinion LA Blogger, strongly support the My Figueroa Project and encourage the City of Los Angeles to move forward with this transformative Complete Streets project.
Kerry states 'When I look at the renderings of My Figueroa — the city’s first “complete street” designed to equally accommodate drivers, bikers, bus riders and pedestrians — I think, “Now that would be a great walk.”'
The Editorial Board makes a critical point "In recent years, California law and Los Angeles policies have established that streets are not meant for automobiles alone. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council should not let fears of traffic congestion turn this transformative project into another incomplete street."
We are very excited about the strong support that our complete street project has continued to attract and that once the project is built we will all experience first hand the transformation of Figueroa Street into a safe and beautiful street for all, where people want to shop, live, work and play.
Read Kerry Cavanaugh's article here.
Read the Los Angeles Times editorial here.
Environmental Impact Report Appeal Hearing
The Planning and Land Use Committee (PLUM) of the City Council of the City of Los Angeles will hold a Public Hearing on the appeal of the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) by the Shammas Automotive Group and the Motion filed by Councilmember Price regarding the Project on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM at City Hall Room 350 (Public Works Hearing Room), 200 North Spring Street, 90012.
The City Council File #13-1225 for the EIR appeal can be found on the City of Los Angeles City Clerk’s website at:
and City Council File #12-1124 for the Price motion at:
All interested individuals and organizations are encouraged to attend. Questions regarding the EIR should be directed to David Somers in the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning at 213.978.3307 email@example.com
Street Lighting Installation
|Pedestrian Lighting for MLK and 11th Street
The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting (BSL) will be constructing all lighting upgrades associated with the Project. Underground work for the pedestrian lighting installation along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Figueroa Street to Vermont Avenue) is expected to commence within the next couple of months. Additionally, much of the equipment for Figueroa Street – including new vehicular light poles and luminaires and pedestrian lighting – has been ordered. Once received, more information on the installation of this equipment will follow. For 11th Street, the Proposition 218 vote for new pedestrian lighting passed earlier this month! This means that new pedestrian lighting will be included on 11th Street as part of the project.
Construction Documents for the three portions of the Project are nearly complete with the drawings for the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard portion expected to be completed by the beginning of February, and the drawings for Figueroa Street and 11th Street expected to be completed by March. The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering will then advertise the three individual Project components separately; through competitive bid and award processes, contractors will be selected. Construction for each of the three Project components expected to begin in summer or fall of this year.
The Figueroa Corridor Streetscape project will include a number of new features that are geared to serve transit riders on the Figueroa Corridor. In the stretches of the corridor that include separated cycletracks, with protected bike lanes adjacent to the curbs on both sides of the street, busses (and in future possibly streetcars!) will stop at transit platforms outboard of the bike lanes, but in line with on-street parking spaces. Transit platforms will be located on Fig, at 8th Street, 9th Street, Olympic Blvd, 11th Street, 23rd Street, Adams, 27th Street, 30th Street, Jefferson, McCarthy Way, and Exposition.
In most cases, the platforms will accommodate new bus shelters with public art as well as bus benches, for transit patrons to use while waiting for the SilverLine, DASH service, or perhaps a Metro local bus. Pedestrian signage will be located on the sidewalk adjacent to the transit platforms, along with pedestrian scale lighting, bike racks, new landscaping and trees. See the attached transit platform plan to learn more. Click here to download the plan.
We're thrilled to announce that on August 7, 2013, the Final Environmental Impact Review for MyFigueroa was submitted by L.A.'s Department of City Planning. This paves the way for our four miles of streetscape improvements between Downtown and South L.A., including the first protected cycle tracks in the city. Although the project's complete streets will enhance the daily experience for pedestrians and transit riders, MyFigueroa was particularly heralded for its bicycle elements, which will provide a model for neighborhoods across L.A. "As the first such protected bicycle facility in the City, the Figueroa Streetscape Project is a great opportunity to realize a truly multi-modal vision for our City streets, and will serve to attract a broader range of Angelenos into the emerging bicycle network,” says planner David Somers.
Although the environmental review is a great milestone, as Streetsblog LA's notes in its coverage of the report, we still need community support to stay on schedule:
The project is funded through funds from State Proposition 1C, and funding is default if the project has not completed construction by the end of December, 2014. LADOT and the project team are confident it remains on track to completion, but any significant delay could prove fatal.
You can read the entire FEIR online and the documents are also available for public review at the Central Library at 630 W. 5th Street and at the Jefferson Branch Library at 2211 W. Jefferson Blvd.
In addition, we've posted some updated proposed streetscape elements and will be filing regular updates as soon as construction begins. Sign up to receive updates if you haven't already!
You've seen the renderings of what My Figueroa will look like and read the description of the project. Since the Community Meeting in April, the team has been hard at work making decisions about all the design details that will make up the streetscape. Take a look at some of the proposed elements, from street furniture to new trees to wayfinding signage.