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Three finalists vying for the opportunity to redevelop the former Lincoln Heights Jail showcased their visions for the historic property at a community meeting last week, reports the Eastsider.

The five-story edifice, built in 1931, occupies an L.A. River-adjacent property at 421 N. Avenue 19.  The City of Los Angeles began soliciting proposals to reactivate the nearly 230,000-square-foot complex last year, and selected the three finalists from an initial group of nine bidders.

According to the Eastsider, CIM Group has proposed a concept known as "The Linc" for the jail site, which would feature office space, multifamily residential units and low-income housing.  The concept would also include street-fronting stores and restaurants, as well as community garden space.

The second finalist, the nonprofit organization WORKS, has dubbed its proposal "Las Alturas."  The concept calls for 113 units of moderate income and permanent supportive housing, in addition to functions such as a daycare center, an art center and public gardens.

Lincoln Property Company and Fifteen Group, the third team, presented plans for "the Lincoln Heights Makers District."  Their plan calls for rerprosing the jail site with 268,250 square feet of residential space - including afforble housing - as well as 220,000 square feet of commercial space, 57,000 square feet of manufacturing and retail, and over four acres of open space.  The proposal would incorporate an adjacent 3.2-acre parcel  that is already owned by Lincoln.

Other components of the project include a rooftop garden, capable of supporting large events, and an ampitheater at the north corner of the property.

See images at the Eastsider.

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