The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) have been awarded a planning grant from the California Department of Transportation to ‘develop a community linkage and revitalisation concept plan for consideration by local jurisdictions for the future Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Florence/West light rail station.’
LA Metro reported that the concept will define a range of potential improvements linking the surrounding neighborhood and proposed West Boulevard station with goals of:
- Enhancing access to the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor
- Incorporating the community’s general vision of development for the area
- Promoting economic revitalisation
A spokesperson for the project said: “The project area for the grant encompasses parts of the cities of Los Angeles and Inglewood. The boundaries are Crenshaw Boulevard to the east, High Street on the west, Florence Avenue to the south and 76th Street to the north.
“This is an urban neighborhood, characterised by industrial and commercial facilities in the immediate vicinity and multi-family and single-family residences in the adjacent streets.
“Utilising its nationally recognized model for community engagement, LANI will manage the development of the West Boulevard Community Linkage and Revitalization Concept Plan. A project steering committee compromised of local stakeholders will participate in a community-based planning and design process and to assist in the development of the concept plan, incorporating the priorities of the neighborhood in an effort to promote greater community participation during the design process.”
LANI will host a series of community meetings that will inform stakeholders of the process and gather insight and input.