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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The 28-story tower broke ground in March 2017.

Slowly but surely, the concrete frame of 1133 Hope Street rises in South Park. The 28-story tower, located just east of Metro's Pico Station, will feature 200 residential units above 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail uses and a parking podium upon completion.  Plans for the mixed-use project dated back to 2005, when the Canadian development firm Amacon initially submitted plans for a 35-story building on the site.