February 23, 2017
Creative Office Space Coming to Los Angeles Street
Urbanize.LA is reporting that real estate firm Urban Offerings has purchased the Norton Building at 755 S Los Angeles St, with plans to redevelop the five-story property into creative office space. As per Urban Offerings, the project will create approximately 60,000 square-feet of offices and nearly 43,000 combined square-feet of shops and restaurants at ground, basement, and roof levels. Read the full story on Urbanize.LA, here.
Clean & Safe Updates
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January 2017 Trash Tonnage Report
The BID Clean Team collected 22.6% more trash in January of this year, compared to January last year.
Prius on Patrol: Economizing & Optimizing the Clean & Safe Team Fleet
In an effort to economize and make our Clean & Safe fleet more sustainable, the Safe Team has acquired a Prius which now patrols the district in the evening and early morning hours. The first hybrid to be used by the BID, the Prius is currently getting over 40 MPG, an almost six fold increase in fuel economy compared to the truck that was being used previously. In addition to saving on fuel and maintenance, the Prius came in under the allocated budget for a new vehicle.
The truck will now be used by the Clean Team for pressure washing. A water tank and pressure washer are to be installed.
The Sobering Center
The LA Fashion District Clean Team will begin working with the new Sobering Center at 640 Maple Ave, a 50-bed facility that offers chronically inebriated individuals, that might otherwise be taken to an emergency room or jail, a safe and secure place. The Sobering Center is a 24-hour, 7-day operation with nursing care. Services are provided to medically stable clients and services are voluntary.
No on Measure S
The LA Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) stands with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, L.A. Federation of Labor, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Downtown Women's Center, and now the
Los Angeles Times in the largest coalition in history to say
NO on Measure S.
The Fashion District BID represents more than 4000 businesses and 800 property owners in downtown Los Angeles. We are on the front lines every day, witnessing high housing costs and increased homelessness on our streets. Measure S is a recipe for creating more homelessness and higher housing costs.
- It would stop new development in the Fashion District, as most of the district would need a zone change or General Plan amendment because of the area's current zoning.
- It would worsen an already unacceptable homelessness situation in Downtown Los Angeles and halt projects to help homeless individuals, including those in the Fashion District.
- It would make it nearly impossible to build for many years after - leading to higher housing costs and rents, and driving up already disastrous homeless numbers.
Los Angeles Times
Editorial Board strongly opposes Measure S stating, "It will unleash a series of consequences - intended and unintended - that will hurt Los Angeles in the long run by worsening the city's housing crisis and stifling economic development."
Read the editorial here
Yes on H
Measure H, the "Los Angeles County Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness" is the March 7th ballot measure that will end homelessness for 45,000 people across Los Angeles County, including women and children, veterans, seniors, foster youth, and the disabled. The average consumer would pay a little more than a dollar a month to help end homelessness in Los Angeles County.
Why Do We Need Measure H? The number of individuals and families estimated to be experiencing homelessness in LA County in January 2016 was 46,874, an overall increase of 2,515 people (6%) from 2015 (44,359) and 19% more than in 2013. The number of people living in encampments, tents and vehicles increased by 20% from 2015 to 2016 and a staggering 123% from 2013 to 2016.
Click here to learn how Measure H will work.
California Hospital Medical Center 5k, March 25
On Saturday, March 25th, 3,000 runners, walkers, and dogs will fill the streets of downtown Los Angeles in support of an essential community resource, California Hospital Medical Center. The race features a scenic course through downtown past the Staples Center, and will conclude with a free post-race festival at the hospital (1401 S. Grand Ave). This fun family event welcomes social dogs at no extra cost! For more information, please visit HeartoftheCity5K.org.
Every Saturday, 9a-2p
Enjoy fresh produce, gourmet food, flowers, and entertainment at The Wall Farmer's Market, located on Wall Street between 8th and 7th Streets. Food, flowers, farmers, and fun!
Sample Sale Friday
Sample sales are held on the last Friday of every month and take place in the designer showrooms on 9th and Los Angeles Streets. Sample sale hours are typically 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more info.