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LA PLAZA FOUNDATION RECEIVES BOARD APPROVAL

Date: 
Tue, 2014-01-07
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

LA PLAZA FOUNDATION RECEIVES BOARD APPROVAL TO PLAN FOR COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT

 

- LA Plaza Foundation to Move Forward on Preliminary Planning to Develop Two County-owned Parcels for Public Benefit -

 

Los Angeles, CA, January 7, 2014 — LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Foundation (LA Plaza) today announced unanimous approval by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to engage in the preliminary planning required to embark on a project to revitalize two County-owned parcels.

 

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes opened in 2011 as the first civic and cultural institution dedicated to promoting Mexican American heritage in Los Angeles. Providing an experience unlike any other, LA Plaza’s interactive exhibits and dynamic programs invite visitors of all backgrounds to explore as well as contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond. To date LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes has served 154,646 visitors, hosted 99 public events, provided school tours to 15,337 students and held training workshops for 1,128 educators.

 

Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza’s 2.2-acre campus includes two historic and newly renovated buildings (the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House) surrounded by 30,000 square feet of public garden. As part of its current lease with Los Angeles County, LA Plaza has the option of leasing two additional neighboring lots. The lots are bounded by Spring Street on the east, César Chávez Avenue on the north, Hill Street on the west, and Arcadia Street on the south. Currently both lots are operated as surface parking lots with a total of 150 parking spaces.

 

LA Plaza looks forward to working with a team led by Cecilia Estolano from ELP Advisors to activate this underutilized portion of the El Pueblo district and revitalize this space for the community. Planning goals look to promote pedestrian activity and provide social, cultural and economic benefits to the community through a mixed-use, visitor-serving development. Current designs feature a commissary kitchen and small business incubator which aim to support community food entrepreneurs. Additionally included are plans to build a historic Paseo pathway which will serve the area’s many visitors as well as locals offering a new way to discover Los Angeles’ history. This pathway will help to provide a linkage in connecting Union Station to the El Pueblo District and LA Plaza through to Fort Moore.

 

The LA Plaza campus is activated to engage Los Angeles in learning about the history and contributions of Mexican and Mexican-American people in the founding of Los Angeles. The planning for the new project aims to be inclusive so that a new site can serve as a bridge, connecting and celebrating the many histories that have contributed to building of Los Angeles today-- linking the community across its historical neighborhoods.

 

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MEDIA CONTACT

Alejandra Pérez Orozco

213.542.6233

aperezorozco@lapca.org

 

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About LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LA Plaza) LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is the nation’s premier center of Mexican American culture. Providing an experience unlike any other, LA Plaza’s interactive exhibits and dynamic programs invite visitors of all backgrounds to explore as well as contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond. Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza’s 2.2-acre campus includes two historic and newly renovated buildings (the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House) surrounded by 30,000 square feet of public garden.

 

The mission of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican American culture, with a specific focus upon the unique Mexican American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California.

 

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90012

Hours: M,W & Th, 12–5 pm, Fri-Sun 12-6 pm| Admission FREE | Info: (213) 542-6200 or www.lapca.org