On August 3, elected officials and community members will congregate on a parking lot in Little Tokyo to officially break ground on the Terasaki Budokan.

The $25-million project, a longtime vision of neighborhood stakeholders, will rise on a City-owned parking lot at 237-249 S. Los Angeles Street.  The muti-purpose sports and activities center will accommodate martial arts tournaments, performances, basketball and volleyball games and numerous other activities.

According to the Rafu Shimpo, Little Tokyo Service Center has named the the center in honor of the late Dr. Paul Terasaki, a Japanese American philanthropist and pioneer in tissue typing.

Previous reports point to a completion date in 2018.

Image via LTSC
Image via LTSC

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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.

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