The Mid-City Recovery Redevelopment Project is located west of downtown Los Angeles. The project consists of five non-contiguous areas, including the commercial corridors along Pico, Venice, Washington, Adams, Jefferson Boulevards generally between Western Avenue and Fairfax Boulevard, and Crenshaw Boulevard between the Santa Monica Freeway and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
The Redevelopment Plan goals include increasing employment, business and investment opportunities; encouraging the development of social service facilities; attracting private investment and promoting a thriving commercial environment to enhance economic opportunities, in consultation with the Project Area Committee and community members and Council District 10 Office.
At the time of adoption, the Project Area had suffered the impacts of the April 1992 civil unrest which caused damage to 74 properties in the Project Area emphasizing a need for assistance. Half of those properties suffered more than 50% damage.
As revealed in a detailed blight survey conducted by Agency staff in May and June of 1995, the Project Area was found to be in the grip of serious physical and economic blighting conditions. Approximately 87% of the parcels in the Project Area exhibited more than one condition of blight. Almost 84% of the commercial structures and 83% of all residential structures were in need of some measure of repair. The Project Area was further characterized by stagnant property values, low rents, lack of community services and amenities and high unemployment rates. Other conditions of blight present included defective design characteristics, prevalence of incompatible uses such as auto-related uses in close proximity to residential uses, schools and churches, parking and circulation deficiencies, and inadequate or deteriorated public improvements.