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LA Plaza Foundation Releases Request For Qualifications/Proposals

Date: 
Thu, 2014-01-09
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LA PLAZA FOUNDATION RELEASES REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS/PROPOSALS
-- LA Plaza Foundation takes first step to develop two downtown properties --

Los Angeles, CA, January 9, 2014 — LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Foundation (LA Plaza) released today its Request for Qualifications/Proposals (RFQ/P) as a first step to embark on a project to develop two highly-desirable parcels totaling 3.68 acres located in the El Pueblo Historical Monument district, the site of the founding of Los Angeles, and within walking distance from Union Station. Raul Salinas, a member of the Board of Trustees, said, “We are excited to move forward with this opportunity and activate the area surrounding LA Plaza.”A Pre-Submittal Meeting will be held at LA Plaza on January 29th at 10:00 am to answer any questions about the process and for teams to tour the site. Responses to the RFQ/P are due February 28th. Additional information is available at www.laplazacultura.wordpress.com

As part of its current lease with Los Angeles County, LA Plaza has the option of leasing the two lots directly west of the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes museum, located at 501 North Main Street. The parcels 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 has worked with a real estate development and architecture team to create a sample development concept that illustrates the potential for the site, but is open to all other creative development plans that meet LA Plaza’s goals and provide space to operate programs to serve public purposes of the County of Los Angeles. The primary goals of the development are to construct a portion of an historic trail, or “paseo” that will run from Union Station to Fort Moore, and to provide revenue to support and enhance LA Plaza’s programs and mission. The LA Plaza Historic Paseo will serve as a tourist attraction and economic development driver for the area, as well as narrate and advance public education about the history of Los Angeles.

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. Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza’s2.2-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. 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.

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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