At long last, light appears at the end of the tunnel for MyFigueroa.

Last week, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced that construction will start in October for the long-awaited makeover of the Figueroa Corridor.  The $20-million project will provide a variety of streetscape improvements between Downtown Los Angeles and Exposition Park, including protected bike lanes, new bus platforms and landscaping.

Segments of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 11th Street will also see upgrades under the plan.

Completion of the project is expected in 2017, at which point it will coincide with similar improvements slated for 7th Street.

Although MyFigueroa enjoys widespread support from area residents and elected officials, progress has not occurred controversy-free.  An appeal of project in 2013 by the owner several Downtown car dealerships questions its potential impacts on local businesses.

Rendering of Figueroa Street, looking north from 12th Street (Image: LADOT)
Rendering of 11th Street, looking east from Flower Street (Image: LADOT)
Rendering of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Image: LADOT)
Overhead diagram of the planned improvements under MyFigueroa (LADOT)

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Another Look at 8000 W. 3rd Street

Mixed-use apartment building planned just west of Fairfax Avenue.

Yesterday, the development team behind a proposed residential-retail development near The Grove gave a first look at their project to the Mid City West Community Council's Planning and Land Use Committee.

The project, filed earlier this year with the City of Los Angeles, calls for replacing an auto body repair shop and two small commercial buildings at 8000-8014 W.