About 75 people filled the crowded room Tuesday night at Chrysostom Church – Parish Hall, 530 E. Florence Ave. in Inglewood, eager to hear about plans for the 8.5-mile light rail transit project. The train will pass through Inglewood from the Crenshaw District to LAX, and employ around 350 people.
What they found, however, was a noticeable lack of information, and what most consider blatant disregard for Inglewood.
An email from the Community Leadership Council (CLC) promised project status updates from Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors. However, the Design-Build contractor, fell short on its delivery, according to stakeholders.
Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President, Erick Holly, said, “The meeting wasn’t very productive. There were a lot of things that were left open that we should know about. They came with nothing. There were no plans or information on who they were or what they intended to do.” None of the Walsh-Shea principals were present, he said.
Historically, African Americans have been overlooked for job and contractor opportunities when major developers come through their cities to build projects. It’s a “double whammy” in regard to a minority city like Inglewood, because its L.A. neighbor tends to dominate the market.