Construction is underway for the Link, a new mixed-use building located one block from the Glendale Metrolink commuter rail station.

The project, which comes from the Glendale-based firm Kareco, will consist of a five-story structure featuring 142 apartments - including 12 units of low income housing - above approximately 8,700 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

TCA Architects designed the contemporary podium-type complex, which is portrayed in a rendering with alternating flourishes of red, white, blue and grey.

Located at the northwest corner of San Fernando Road and Central Avenue, the Link engendered controversy in 2013 due to the 1930s commercial building that it replaced.  Preservationists had opposed the project in an effort to save the two-story structure.

The former building at Central and San Fernando. Image via Google Maps.
Rendering by TCA Architects
Image via Google Maps

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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