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!

Turn the Fabulous Forum into the LA Sports Museum At The Fabulous Forum

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Los Angeles Sports Museum @ The Fabulous Forum

Inside The Rich Musical History Of Los Angeles' Most 'Fabulous' Venue, The  Forum

Imagine walking into 3 large replicas of the Lakers Championship, the King Championship trophies, the Dodger’s Championship Trophies all on the first floor, the second floor Kings Museum, the third floor Dodgers museum, forth floor Lakers and Clippers, fifth floor Chargers and Rams, LAFC and Galaxy on sixth floor and Sky Terrace/Event Space on top, that’s what I would do if I owned the Fabulous Forum.  I would knock out all the red walls, replace them with glass, keeping the white pillars intact. Place an event space/plaza with monitors in front for celebrations and a grass park around it as there is plenty of parking for Sofi.  Steve Ballmer purchased the Fabulous Forum for $400 Million, CASH, from previous owner Madison Square Garden in order to break ground on his new $1.8 Billion Arena. But now with a new state of the art stadium being built right next door, what’s the purpose of the Forum? The arena was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 24, 2014 so we don’t have to worry about it going anywhere but it now seems like surplus event space. What would you do with this space, keep it as it is or convert it?

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

Jordan Downs aka “Urban Village”…?

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Jordan Downs, one of LA’s neglected public housing complexes, with extremely bad soil is being transformed into a master-planned community to create a vibrant and sustainable mixed-used and mixed-income urban village with up to 1,400 units of Mixed-income housing & approx. 100,000 sq. ft. of neighborhood with shops, a much-needed grocery store, restaurants, community center, and green space. The area is set to serve low, very low and extremely low income families and unrestricted income households. The redeveloped Jordan Downs will include much needed neighborhood-serving retail, parks and a community center. The new vision promises to serve as a catalyst for the economic and social enhancement of the greater neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Comments can be submitted via email to sergio.rosas@hacla.org. The HACLA BOC meeting will be held on Thursday May 24th at 9:00 AM in the HACLA Board Room located at 2600 Wilshire Blvd, 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90057.

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Jordan Downs Project

Carson Stadium Moving Forward

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Carson’s City Council recently approved the two NFL team stadium that is to be built at the intersection of the 405 and 110 freeway, making the stadium on step closer becoming tangible.  The two-team football venue intended to house the Chargers and the Raiders is sporting new looks as well that includes a more airy, open layout and a tower over 100 feet tall that, on occasion, will shoot lightning bolts.  The updated plans show that the oval-shaped, roofless stadium will have a “contiguous exterior” with a large opening at its base. The seating would be arranged in a U around that gap, which the architects believe will “help surround the field with noise.” Seating colors are still being decided, but it’s possible that they’ll be clear so they can “reflect the color of lights shining on them.”  The most exciting feature of the updated Carson design is obviously its 115 to120-foot-tall tower, which will be encased in glass, topped with a cauldron, and transformed depending on which team is playing. When the Chargers are on the field, lightning bolts will zap around inside the tower’s glass enclosure. When the Chargers score a touchdown, lightning will shoot out of the top of the tower. When the Raiders are having a home game, the plan is for the cauldron to fill with fire, like the Olympic flame

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New Stadium Design

The latest renderings for the joint football venue come from Manica Architecture. Their version of the stadium is intended to recall the LA Coliseum, but was also inspired by the fluid movement of sports cars (that rendering with a Porsche in the foreground really drives this connection home).

The most exciting feature of the updated Carson design is obviously its 115 to120-foot-tall tower, which will be encased in glass, topped with a cauldron, and transformed depending on which team is playing. When the Chargers are on the field, lightning bolts will zap around inside the tower’s glass enclosure. When the Chargers score a touchdown, lightning will shoot out of the top of the tower. When the Raiders are having a home game, the plan is for the cauldron to fill with fire, like the Olympic flame, as a nod to the late Raiders owner/manager Al Davis. (Unfortunately, “The plan would not call for the flame toburst up from the tower in the event of a Raiders touchdown,” which just seems unfair.) If the Carson stadium ever hosted a Super Bowl, the plan is to turn the tower into an enormous Lombardi Trophy.

South Los Angeles Going SOLA

3615031932_df416b618c_z (1)Councilmember Bernard Parks has been on the move lately, after announcing and breaking ground on the Vermont Entertainment Center, Councilmen Parks introduced a motion to officially change the neighborhood name of South Los Angeles to SOLA.  In 2003 City Council voted to change the area formerly known as South Central Los Angeles to South Los Angeles, in hopes to do away with the negative connotation that was placed on South Central after the riots.  Well I guess Council Parks is feeling like one more name change will seal the deal.  Parks told the Times that while there hasn’t been any community outreach about the change yet, it’s something that’s been suggested to him in passing by constituents.  I love the idea but don’t think the motion will be passed, but Councilmen Parks more power to you if the name change goes through.

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Vermont Entertainment Center Development – South LA

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Councilmen Bernard Parks announced and hosted a ground breaking this week for a massive entertainment development at Vermont Ave and Manchester Ave.  From the renderings it seems to be a promenade type shopping/entertainment center.  Hopefully this will be a catalysts for the development in the area.  This area was impacted hard from the riots  in the early 90’s and has remained a blighted area ever since so seeing this development be initiated definitely brings hope for the area.  The project is being lead by Councilmember Bernard C. Parks and Sassony Properties.  The development is slated for completion winter of 2016.

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VEC – Vermont Entertainment Center

Beware Gentrification is Afoot SouthLA!

RadPad_LA_webI really hope you all have been keeping up with the major developments currently under-construction because major gentrification is afoot, really its already started happening.  Don’t get me wrong I’m all for diversity however the Crenshaw District/Inglewood is the only geographical location in Southern California that caters to African Americans, and with strong gentrification nearing this may mean an end to what has a been the West Coast African American Cultural mecca.  Every culture/race has their area within LA [Jews have Mid-City West/Hancock Park, Koreans have Koreatown, Japanese, Little Tokyo, Chinese, Chinatown, Whites Westside and South Bay, Hispanics, East LA/South East LA and Gateway Cities (everywhere really), etc] this is all we have.  Inglewood is planning 3000 homes for the Hollywood Park Casino land and South LA is planning to build hundreds of condos and apartments around the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza so and with Curbed LA releasing a map of the cheapest and highest rents along the currently under-construction metro lines, please expect some new neighbors. The positive of gentrification is it brings new amenities and faces to the neighborhood, the negative the neighborhood loose its cultural flare and simply becomes a bland thoroughfare for Central LA/Hollywood/DTLA to get to LAX, but don’t just take my opinion on it, weigh it out for yourself.  Google gentrification in Lincoln Park, Highland Park, Echo Park, the Boyle Heights Community is doing everything in its power to fight gentrification.  I just wanna give the heads up so know no one can say I didn’t see this coming.   I just want to educate people on whats going on in their neighborhoods so that they have the opportunity to move on these. So if your in the process of buying, thinking about buying, want to buy please start buying in South LA.  Please let me know your opinion/ideas on this matter, please feel free to leave a comment.