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A flythrough video posted to YouTube provides a sneak preview of the Budokan of Los Angeles, a proposed community center in Little Tokyo.

The multipurpose facility, which is being developed by the non-profit Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), is slated for a nearly one-acre site at 229-249 S. Los Angeles Street.

According to the Budokan's official website, features will include:

  • Two regulation basketball courts with wood flooring and backboards donated by the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • 16,000 square feet of contiguous open space for martial arts tournaments and other activities.
  • A rooftop garden space with green space, a walking path, and event space for up to 500 persons.
  • Two community rooms for classes and meetings
  • A commercial kitchen
  • A mezzanine with a viewing deck and an outdoor children's play area

The project, which will target LEED Gold certification, is being designed by Los Angeles-based architecture firm Gruen & Associates.

As of August 2015, LTSC has raised more than 80% of the $23.5 million needed to begin construction.

For more information, please visit www.BudokanofLosAngeles.com.

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