Los Angeles County

Capital Programs

The Economic Development Policy Committee has defined economic development projects as those where there is private sector participation that results in tangible economic development benefits beyond just the construction of County facilities. Private sector participation will be defined as any material use of a County-owned, or County-funded, facility by a non-profit or private entity following completion and delivery of the project. Such use of the facility must result in direct economic development benefits for the community, including job creation for non-County employees, commercial development, retail investment, blight removal, affordable housing, or any other activity that improves the economic well-being of local residents.

The following projects and their impact on the community will be monitored for inclusion in future versions of the Scorecard. The Scorecard will seek to capture statistics such as the percentage of Local and Targeted Workers hired on the project, small business, disabled veteran business and social enterprise utilization, number of jobs created, increase in the tax base and percentage of affordable housing incorporated into the project, among other community benefits. While the majority of the County’s economic development projects are managed by a private developer, oversight is nonetheless provided by either the County CEO or the CDC.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY PROJECTS

Grand Avenue Project

The Grand Avenue Project Phase I consists of a mixed used development with residential and hotel towers, parking, public plaza, retail/commercial spaces, streetscape, and site landscaping on County-owned property (Parcel Q) developed by Related Company’s Phase I Developer. Phase I is comprised of two high–rise towers, one including a hotel, and one including residential apartments and condominiums units.

The proposed hotel tower (Tower 1) will consist of an approximately 305 key, 4-star Equinox hotel with meeting space and ancillary hotel amenities and the proposed residential tower (Tower 2) will combine approximately 215 market rate apartments with approximately 86 (20 percent of the gross number of apartments and condominiums) rental affordable housing units and approximately 128 market rate condominiums.

Harbor UCLA-LA BioMed

The Harbor UCLA-LA BioMed project consists of new research facilities designed to accommodate a bioscience incubator. It will provide technical support and business services to assist researchers with advancing promising new biomedical discoveries to the next stage of commercialization. The objective is to retain and grow promising new technologies and the jobs they create for the benefit of County residents. The Board recently certified a Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Campus Master Plan Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

This EIR includes 15 acres for the development of a 250,000 square foot bioscience tech park. Further, the Board moved for the CEO to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with LA BioMed to include a vision, structure, and process
for developing this bioscience tech park. Included in the tech park will be the bioscience research facility
and bioscience incubator designed to catalyze a bioscience ecosystem in Los Angeles County.

San Pedro Courthouse

The vision of the San Pedro Courthouse Project is to provide public amenities and development to complement the City of Los Angeles’ new San Pedro Waterfront Redevelopment project at the existing Ports O’Call Village. The City’s redevelopment project is seen as a key step in transforming San Pedro’s once industrial waterfront into a regional destination that includes dining, music, and tourist attractions.

Expo/Crenshaw Site

Located at the intersection of the Expo Line and the future Crenshaw/LAX Transit Line, this site has superior regional connectivity to employment and activity centers including Santa Monica, Culver City, USC, Downtown Los Angeles and Los Angeles Airport. The guidelines for this site identify the opportunity for a culturally distinct gateway destination and pedestrian-scaled community serving residents and visitors with high quality and local-serving retail uses and a range of housing types that are affordable to existing residents. It also identifies opportunities to foster job growth with attractive office or incubator space.

Fairview Heights TOD Plan

The Downtown and Fairview Heights Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan sets urban design concepts, zoning regulations, development standards, design guidelines and streetscape plans for the areas within one-half mile of the Downtown Inglewood (Florence/La Brea) and Fairview Heights (Florence/West) stations on the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line. The CDC is working collaboratively with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) to
issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the potential development of the County properties contained within the Fairview Heights TOD plan.

Vermont Corridor

Vermont Corridor is the redevelopment of seven County-owned parcels spanning three city blocks of the Koreatown area within the City of Los Angeles. The project area involves three separate sites, each with a unique development scenario. Site 1 consists of the removal of two existing County buildings, one surface parking lot, one parking structure and the construction of a new 471,000 square foot Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) Headquarters. This new headquarters will consist of an 8-story podium parking structure on which a 13-story office tower building will reside. Site 2 is an adaptive reuse of the existing 154,793 square foot 12-story DMH building into a maximum of 172 market rate units.

In addition, the existing Los Angeles County WDACS building will be removed to construct a five level parking structure with a five-story multifamily building above which will provide 74 market rate units to be constructed as a second/future phase of the project. Site 3 consists of the removal of the existing Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) building for the construction of a new 80,837 square foot 6-story senior affordable housing complex. Also included in this development is the construction of a new community center. The ground lease of County-owned property on Site 3 will result in 72 units of new affordable senior housing.

Vermont Corridor has successfully reached multiple milestones in the pre-development process, which consist of the delivery of the 100% Schematic Design package to the County, the finalization of the project description and the scheduling of the CEQA scoping meeting, which will be the first large community meeting since the Board of Supervisors approved the project.

LA Plaza de Cultura Village Project

The LA Plaza Cultura Village Project consists of a lease agreement between the County and the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Foundation (Foundation) to permit the development and use of a mixed-use, transit-oriented, infill development totaling up to 425,000 square feet (sq. ft.), including up to 355 residential units (for lease), with 20 percent of those reserved as residential units affordable to moderate-income households. Additional components include up to 50,000 sq. ft. of visitor-serving retail, including, but not limited to, a restaurant, a cafe, other food services, and a “commissary” or shared commercial kitchen space for culinary demonstrations and use by small businesses.

These visitor-serving uses are intended to complement the Olvera Street retail and restaurant businesses. The LA Plaza Project includes a historic paseo to link Union Station though the shops and restaurants on Olvera Street; through the EI Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic District and LA Plaza, and extending to the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial on North Hill Street; a rooftop restaurant and garden; bicycle amenities; and up to 786 parking spaces, including up to 150 replacement parking for the spaces removed by the Project and that would be made available to County employees.

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Medical Office Building

The MLK – MOB project will be the construction of an approximately 52,000 square foot medical office building with approximately 252 parking stalls located at the southwest corner of East 120th and S. Wilmington Avenue in the Willowbrook area of Los Angeles County.

As part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus the MOB is to provide quality office space to private and non-profit tenants for administrative, medical outpatient services and health related services in coordination with the new MLK Hospital and MLK Outpatient Center.

Honor Ranch

The Honor Ranch project consists of a feasibility study that includes project analysis for geotechnical, environment, design, entitlement, site surveys, and inspections of the County-owned Honor Ranch properties. The feasibility study will include an evaluation of infrastructure upgrades and development opportunities that will provide a revenue share to the County and incorporate community benefits policies. On April 18, 2017, the Board directed the CDC to report back on the status of the project and transfer the remaining projects budget to the CEO for the development of the property.