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Following a full year of delays, the highly-anticipated renovation of Los Angeles State Historic Park has finally kicked back into gear.

The 34-acre expanse on the northern edge of Chinatown - alternatively known as the Cornfield - shut down for its $20-million overhaul in April 2014, and was originally scheduled to re-open one year later.  However, the Downtown News reports that construction crews discovered contaminants buried underneath the park during utility installation, including an uncharted building foundation and layers of ash from the railyard which once occupied the site.  This resulted in the completion date being pushed back to November 2015.

That date has since come and gone, with little evidence of progress until recent months, when crews recommenced with grading and landscaping the park.  However, a precise timeline for completion still remains unclear.

Ongoing work can be seen in the photographs posted below.

Image via Spurlock Poirier
Image via Spurlock Poirier
Image via Spurlock Poirier
Image via Spurlock Poirier
Image via Spurlock Poirier
Image via Spurlock Poirier

New Housing and Retail Coming to North Orange County

Plans call for 208 for-sale homes...and an In-N-Out.
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Brookfield Residential and Frontier Real Estate Investments will break ground tomorrow on a joint mixed-use development in northern Orange County.  The first project, called The Village @Beach, will overhaul a 10-acre retail center at Beach and Garden Grove Boulevards in Stanton into 95,000 square feet of new shops and restaurants.  The second, known as Lantana @Beach, will add 208 for-sale residences designed by Robert Hidey Architects on an adjacent 12-acre site.