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Councilmember Jose Huizar, Little Tokyo leaders, and City officials broke ground last week on a $5.3-million street improvement project in Little Tokyo.

The improvements, which are part of Huizar's DTLA Foward initiative, encompasses nearly all of Little Tokyo, and will include:

  • Extending the pedestrian plaza by the Japanese American National Museum to connect with the Go For Broke Monument.
  • Closing the slip lane at 2nd and Alameda Streets for public art.
  • Signalized mid-block crosswalks on Los Angeles and San Pedro Streets between 2nd and 3rd Streets.
  • A total of 50 curb ramps, 56 pedestrian lights, 104 planted trees, continental crosswalks at six intersections, two new traffic signals, and 22,000 square feet of sidewalk repairs.

The project is being funded through $3.1 million in Active Transportation Program funds and $2.2 million in Prop C. funds.  Completion is anticipated in early 2020.

A map of the improvements. Image courtesy of DTLA Forward.

Highland Park Senior Housing Project Faces Appeal

Plans call for a three-story building with 17 residential units.
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This week, the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission will take up an appeal of the St. Mary Senior Citizen Housing Project, a proposed senior apartment building in Highland Park. The project, the applicant for which is listed as the Presiding priest of the Holy Virgin Mary, calls for the construction of a three-story, 17-unit development at 767 N. Avenue 50.