Dorsey Village on Slauson Being Converted to Massive Low Income Housing Development

Dorset Village is slated for a mass redevelopment project with an expected completeion of 2024. The eight acre sight is proposed to host a total of 782 residential units reserved as low-, very low-, and extremely low-income affordable housing. The project would consist of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments – ranging in size from 576 square feet to 1,472 square feet.

The Village was built in the 1940s at 3100 W. Slauson Avenue, as of garden style apartment complex consisting of 206 residential units in 26 two-story buildings.  An application submitted by Greene to the Planning Department in May 2019 calls for razing all existing structures on the eight-acre site, making way for the construction of 782 residential units in a series of buildings standing as tall as seven stories.

The on-site subsidized housing, as well as the property’s proximity to a Crenshaw/LAX Line station a block west, would make the project eligible for Transit Oriented Communities development incentives, allowing for increased height and density.

Greene is also planning up to 700 structured parking spaces and nearly 87,000 square feet of open space in the form of a large courtyard, a swimming pool, a recreation center, a sand volleyball court, outdoor basketball courts, and a community pocket park.

Dorsey Village Being Transformed

Developer Speaks Out On Sale of Crenshaw Mall

He says, “Historically, systems and institutions have not engaged with the Black community in ways that have been fair to the Black community.” 

Gross and his group of investors offered $110 million to purchase the shopping center. A mall Gross considers dear to his heart because it’s in the community he grew up in.

It’s 42 acres in the heart of South Los Angeles. It’s the last majority-Black neighborhood. I saw this as an opportunity to do something that could be profound and perception shifting for the hundreds of thousands of people from that community who are still looking for something to hold on to,” says Gross. 

But shortly after offering the bid for $110 million, Gross got some bad news. 

“We were told that we were $2 million shy of the winning bid. That same day, we resubmitted a bid for $120 million,” says Gross. 

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Crenshaw Line Almost Complete!

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Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX Transit Line is 99% according to CEO Stephanie Wiggins. After a series of delays the line is moving closer to opening. The $2.1 billion project, is slated to start service in 2022 is finaly nearing completion. The 8.5 mile light rail line will connect LAX to……well eventually to Hollywood but for now I guess just to the Expo, but that’s still good. The Crenshaw Line won’t actually connect with LAX but Metro is currently building a $900 Million People Mover to connect the Light Rail to LAX directly. Emphasizing the significance of the Crenshaw/LAX Line, Wiggins insisted,

“This is our top priority. We are working tirelessly to get this project done. We are listening. We value yourpartnership throughout this process and going forward.  We really believe the Crenshaw/LAX, once opened, will be a jewel that everyone will be proud of – the community, businesses and residents alike.”

Stephanie Wiggins, CEO of LA Metro

Stephanie Wiggins, CEO of LA Metro

The route consist of eight stations, four at-grade and three underground. The Expo/Crenshaw, Martin Luther King Jr. and Leimert Park Stations are underground, there was at one time talk about building a entrance to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. The train starts at the Aviation station on the Green Line, now the “C Line” passes by LAX, into Westchester, Inglewood, Hyde Park, Crenshaw’s Park Mesa Community and ends at the Expo line.

On October 1, the Crenshaw/LAX Line initiated Photo Enforcement Program, which aims to reduce train and vehicle collisions and improve safety on the boulevard for motorists and pedestrians. Motorists who disobey traffic signals will be cited an average cost of $100 along with penalties and assessments. Cameras will be monitoring left-turn movements crossings on Crenshaw Blvd, so beware!

Los Angeles Urban League Celebrates 100yrs of Service

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CENTENNIAL NIGHTS

Los Angeles Urban League turned 100 years old this year and they are celebrating in a monumental way.

For 100 years Los Angeles Urban League has served as a powerful advocate for African-Americans and other minorities by ensuring our communities have access to careers with living wages, opportunities to start and grow businesses, and clear pathways to personal and professional growth.

Los Angeles Urban League helps African Americans and others in underserved communities achieve their highest true social parity, economic self- reliance, power, and civil rights. The League promotes economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life.

Celebrate 100 years of service with the Los Angeles Urban League. Join us for a memorable evening under the stars at one of Hollywood’s most iconic landmarks. Entertainment will be provided by the star of the Emmy Award Winning Mini-Series The Temptations and two-time NAACP Award nominee Terron Brooks. Stay tuned for more information.

WHEN:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21
7:00 – 10:00PM

VIP Reception, Red Carpet & Press Arrivals
6:00 – 7:00PM

WHERE: 

THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT ROOFTOP
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

RSVP

Proposed Development For Crenshaw And Expo

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Metro and Los Angeles County staff are proposing to enter a six-month negotiating period with the developer Watt Companies to build 492 residential units and about 47,500 square feet of community-serving space on two parcels at the intersection of Exposition and Crenshaw Boulevards. The development — which includes commercial and retail units — is literally steps away from stations for the Expo Line and the future Crenshaw/LAX Line, which is scheduled to open in fall 2019. Here’s the staff report.

Under the proposal, 73 (or 15 percent) of the 492 residential units, will be affordable units for households earning 50 percent or less of the area median income. The community-serving space is envisioned to include a grocery store and restaurant space targeted for locally-owned and operated businesses. A business incubator-type space would be part of the development, as well as a mobility hub to provide bicycle and carshare connections for Metro riders. 

The proposal also includes nearly three acres of public open space that will also host community events. During the six-month period, Watt Companies will offer opportunities to the community to provide feedback on the proposed project. Watt will also seek out a community-based organization who can add additional local participation on their team.

Straight from TheSource….Literally

Neighborhood Meetings, Save The Date!!

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SPECIAL MEETING — PLANNING, LAND USE &

BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE

TUESDAY January 27, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza – Community Room

3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Join Metro and Walsh-Shea Corridor Constructors
at the Construction Update Community Meeting

Learn about upcoming construction activities

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6pm to 7:30pm

Crenshaw United Methodist Church
3740 Don Felipe Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Parking is available in the adjacent parking lot.
Signage will direct people to the meeting room (Wesley Hall).

To RSVP or ask questions, please call (213) 922-2736 or emailcrenshawcorridor@metro.net.

For direction and information taking public transit call 323.GO.METRO (323) 466.3876

Street closures are noted on the Neighborhood Council website: http://www.ecwandc.org

EMPOWERMENT CONGRESS WEST TOWN HALL MEETING

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Saturday February 7, 2015

Crenshaw United Methodist Church

3740 Don Felipe Drive , Los Angeles 90008

Additional Crenshaw Closures

img_37311Just received and email there will be additional Crenshaw Closure to complete the excavation at Crenshaw and Exposition.  The contractor will need to implement another closure of Crenshaw Blvd. in order to complete the excavation and decking of the street between Exposition Blvd. and Rodeo Rd.  Another closure is needed in order for the contractor to complete the work in this area.  The closure of Crenshaw at Exposition Blvd. will be 24/7 between Sunday, January 4, at 9 pm and Monday, January 12, at 6 am.  Rodeo Rd. will remain open during the closure.

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Plans For A New Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall

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Remember in 2012 I told yall there were plans to do a complete overhaul of the current Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, to bring the mall more out the street and make it more pedestrian friendly as well as add hotels and condos galore, well I wasn’t lying! Here are some conceptual designs of what the area is to come of and some are saying it may make the area a 24 hour community.  With the stop at King and Crenshaw off the Crenshaw Line, an underground portal will connect the mall to the Crenshaw Line and I think Capri Capital Partners (mall owners and developers) wants to capitalize off that.  They are planning to add over 2 million square feet of new retail, hotel, offices, condos, and apartment space, completely transforming the current image/idea of the mall.  I believe these plans also incorporate developing Marlton Square as well.  And At Santa Rosalia and Stocker, the plans is to put up a 12-story hotel tower with 400 rooms.

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Curbed LA:

“Developers/mall-owners Capri Capital Partners are planning a separate “pedestrian-oriented retail village” where Stocker Street meets Crenshaw; it would have a collection of one- and two-story restaurants and stores grouped around a wide pedestrian paseo that would connect shoppers to the mall. The area would be liberally landscaped; from the renderings, it looks so similar to a Grove-like shopping center that you can almost hear the piped-in music. Though there are definitely pedestrian-friendly elements at work here, don’t fret, drivers: there will also be plenty of parking. Despite new subway access right at its front door, at MLK Jr. Boulevard and Crenshaw, there will be 7,000 parking spots split between the two sections of the site.”

Well lets see how this pans out.

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Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw!

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Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw is (awesome) campaign to help/keep the local businesses of the Crenshaw District while the Crenshaw Line construction moves along. Speareheaded by Metro after hearing many of the community leaders plight that the construction of the Crenshaw Line would detour traffic significantly, and eventually killing the last prominent black business district on the West Coast.  The Eat, Shop Play campaign’s Metro website offers exclusive deals and information about participating local Crenshaw businesses.

Metro and our community leaders are asking that we of the community pledge to support local Crenshaw businesses during and after the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, by doing so one will assist in sustaining the economic growth of the community.

Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw!

National BLACK OUT September 8!

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African American life is obviously being expressed as something America can do without or holds no value, lets show America just how valuable we are. We need to continue to bond together and fight in numbers and Monday September 8th, TOMORROW, will be another chance to tell America its time to cut the crap, not only are we here but we belong here!