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Pico Union 1
 At A Glance
  • Adopted Date: February 27, 1970
  • Amendments:
    December 17, 1986
    December 20, 1994
    March 3, 1999
    November 21, 2003
    December 19, 2003
  • Project End Date: February 27, 2013

    Site Office Information:
    3055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1120
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    Phone: 213- 368-3500
    Fax: 213-384-7371

    Regional Administrator
    Barron McCoy
    bmccoy@cra.lacity.org

    Asst. Project Manager:
    Kenyon Price
    kprice@cra.lacity.org


 

 

 \\Commonspot\internet-site\images\bullet1 about the Project Area

Location
The 155-acre Pico Union No. 1 Redevelopment Project Area and is located approximately two miles southwest of the core of the Los Angeles Central Business District, alongside the expanded Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center.

This Project Area was originally adopted by the Los Angeles City Council in 1970. Amended four times during the succeeding years, the Redevelopment Plan was initially scheduled to end in 2000. But changes in California Community Redevelopment Law have allowed us to extend the plan to February 2013.


Project Goals
To preserve and expand affordable housing;
To encourage, economic development;
To construct new public improvements (the facilities and systems that provide municipal services);
To improve the community’s appearance by rehabilitating housing and businesses; and
To encourage the involvement and participation of residents, businesspeople, and community organizations in a coordinated revitalization program that meets the diverse needs of the area.


Conditions at Time of Adoption

At the time the Redevelopment Plan was adopted, the Project Area displayed serious signs of deterioration, including:

  • Old, obsolete, and substandard residential buildings — of the 616 residences surveyed at the start of the project, approximately 44 percent of them were inadequate for residents’ needs, in need of rehabilitation, or structurally substandard
  • Irregularly shaped lots that did not meet established planning and zoning standards for economic development
  • Widespread absentee ownership and properties with multiple owners
  • Inadequate public improvements, including a substandard traffic circulation system, lack of trees along streets, and insufficient open space
  • Lack of commercial services, including stores and markets for community residents
  • High population density that has led to overcrowding


Our Key Accomplishments

  • Pascual Reyes Townhomes. Development of two-story town homes on West Connecticut Street for large families with low to moderate incomes.
  • Vista Montoya Condominiums. Rehabilitation of two CRA/LA-owned condominiums within a 180-unit affordable housing complex on West 12th Street.
  • Formation of a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). The Pico Union community contains some of Southern California’s finest residential architecture from the early 1900s to the 1930s—homes that need to be to protected and preserved to maintain the historical character of the community.
  • Historic Resource Survey. We converted our list of historic buildings in the Project Area to a digital format so that we can create a database of historic building features.



Five-Year Goals
Between 2009 and 2014, CRA/LA plans to further improve the Pico Union No. 1 neighborhood by:

  • Finalizing the Pico Union Boulevard Streetscape Program, which includes tree trimming, removal and replacement as needed; retrofitting of ramps for the disabled; repairing defective gutters and sidewalks; installing colorful textured crosswalks at three intersections; adding recycled glass pavers alongside the sidewalk; and installing gateway signs and banners, benches, and trash receptacles.
  • Launching a Residential Facade Program, which will provide qualified residents with grants up to $50,000 for costs associated with exterior painting, replacement of wood siding, and replacement of aluminum windows with wood windows.
  • Launching a Commercial Facade Program, which will provide qualified business owners with grants up to $25,000 per storefront for exterior improvements—including new lighting, signage, storefront windows and doors, security grills, awnings and landscaping.
  • Adding additional on-site parking to alleviate parking congestion on the streets.
  • Developing community services, including child care facilities and teen centers offering after-school activities.
  • Retaining as many existing residences and businesses as possible through rehabilitation, including Residential Rehabilitation Loan Programs.
  • Promoting economic revitalization, enhance safety, and increase the supply of high-quality affordable housing—including senior housing—as well as market-rate housing and mixed-use projects (housing plus shops) along Metro bus routes.