Since I was summoned to the Hill Street Courthouse this morning for an exciting day of jury duty, I decided to use part of my lunch break to showcase some of the construction activity in the neighborhood.

As you can probably guess from the title of this entry, LA Trade Tech's Construction Technology Building is first on my list.  Designed by HMC Architects, the Construction Technology Building will be the largest facility on LATTC's campus, totaling 139,000 square feet.  Standing three stories, it is set to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Completion of the Construction Technology Building is expected in Winter of 2015 based on a sign posted on-site.  However, it's difficult to say whether or not that timeline remains accurate since this is the current state of construction activity:

On the bright side, LATTC broke ground on the adjacent parking garage back in October 2012.  At least that part of the expansion has visible signs of life.

Of course, it's not just educational institutions riding the wave of construction here.  Private investors are also getting in on the action.  For example, riders of the Expo Line have undoubtedly noticed the rise of Geoffrey Palmer's 913 apartment fortress next to the 23rd Street Station.

On the other side of the LATTC campus, a six floor development consisting of retail, office and residential space is set to rise 233 W. Washington Blvd.


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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.

In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit