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New Developments at 11th & Hope Desmond 

Lincoln Properties plans to re-vamp the Desmond

Lincoln Property Company has acquired the Desmond, a 5 story building on the north-east corner of Hope & 11th. The Desmond is a unique property situated in the heart of South Park, and will be adjacent to the My Figueroa streetscape improvements, as well as the incoming Streetcar line. Lincoln has plans to transform the building into a creative office space with ground floor retail, while still retaining much of the historic facade. With a 16-foot ceilings on the first floor, as well as ample natural light, the future tenants of this building are sure to enjoy their location in our district. The Desmond, built in 1917, began as a car dealership and assembly plant before becoming a department store warehouse, to which it owes its namesake. At 78,000 square feet, the occupancy of this building will bring more activity to this already bustling corner in South Park.

SP Neighborhood Watch Meeting SPNW 

Join your neighbors in re-starting this local safety program



South Park is re-starting the community Neighborhood Watch program with a meeting on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 PM at the South Park CBD offices.  Come meet your neighbors, safety officers, and local LAPD!  Neighborhood Watch groups are a major part of deterring crime in communities around the country, as they help LAPD by keeping the eyes of the neighbors actively on the street.  By connecting local residents and business owners, everyone can stay informed and build goals together for a safer neighborhood.  Although South Park is one of the safest in DTLA, we are constantly striving for even better safety in the district.  Please click here for a full flyer and email sharon@southpark.la to RSVP!
 

'My Figueroa' Project Update MyFig 

Stay informed on this important streetscape development
 
Plan view of the My Fig project on 11th street
Were you able to join South Park CBD at the My Figueroa community meeting on April 9th? The My Figueroa project, a joint effort between LADOT and local project management, urban design, architecture, and engineering firms, is going to transform Figueroa, 11th, and MLK Blvd into a pedestrian, bike, and transit-friendly environment while promoting economic development across some of LA's most diverse communities. The community meeting served to inform many of the streetscape plans, and as a forum for questions regarding the changes.  South Park CBD is working closely with the City and design firms to ensure it meets our standard of function and form for the district.  After this final community meeting, the next steps are to finalize design plans in June, and begin the construction bidding process shortly after. In order to utilize the grant funding for this project, it must be completed by the end of 2014. For more information, check out the project website. You can also view a PDF of the entire community meeting presentation and watch a video of Melani Smith from Melendrez walking through all of the plans.

South Park at ULI Urban Marketplace ULI 

Promoting your neighborhood to greater Los Angeles

 On April 16, South Park CBD
Amanda Irvine and the South Park info table
attended the Urban Land Institute's 13th annual Urban Marketplace, a forum of real estate and land use professionals that fosters important relationships and focuses on best practices in development. South Park's Executive Director Jessica Lall moderated a table on South Park & BIDs in DTLA, while Director of Planning and Communication, Amanda Irvine, hosted an information table with board members.  Both encouraged development and investment in South Park, and we captured the attention of many who are intrigued by our neighborhood. The very positive response we received from community groups, real estate developers, government representatives and land use professionals bodes well for the future of South Park!
Executive Director Jessica Lall runs a roundtable with Fashion District's ED Kent Smith (image courtesy of ULI LA)

 

Our staff was also very happy to welcome the local community members and economic development professionals who joined the South Park team for the event.  We look forward to developing the connections we made there, and making the most of the experience for the community.  For more information on this year's Urban Marketplace, please click here.

NewFilmMakers Los Angeles 2013 Debut Film 

WIN TICKETS to the inaugural screening & reception!
 

The NFMLA film festival is beginning its 2013 season just outside of the South Park district this month!  Founded in 2007, NFMLA has established itself as a strong gathering place for independent cinema screening 750+ films from over 43 countries.  NFMLA boasts over 20,000 supporters in the Los Angeles community!  In addition to fostering the advancement of new filmmakers and its members in Los Angeles, NFMLA's objective is to promote the economic, educational, social, and cultural advancement of filmmaking, arts and culture.

On Saturday, May 11th, YOU are invited to attend their inaugural film festival screening event with a cocktail reception FOR FREE! Just be one of the first 10 South Park Post readers to respond to this newsletter or email amanda@southpark.la.  For more information, please visit NFMLA.org.

WIN a Lakers' Championship Ring!  Film 

Only $10 for 5 raffle tickets, which support SoCal charities
 
Need some help easing the pain of a playoff sweep? Look no further! Former Lakers' Coach and two-time Hall of Famer Bill Sharman is raffling off his 2010 Lakers Championship ring to support local Southern California charities.The winner will not only receive Coach Sharman's 2010 NBA Championship Ring, but also two premium seats to a Lakers game during the 2013-14 season as well as the chance to meet Coach Sharman when he presents them with the ring. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.billsringofhope.com.  You can also win an autographed basketball from Bill Sharman!  All you have to do is follow @CoachSharman and tweet about #BillsRingofHope with this link.
We Want Your Streetcar FeedbackStreetcar

Do you have thoughts or concerns about the incoming Streetcar on 11th St?  Our Executive Director is on the Streetcar Board, and will be attending the next meeting this month.  Tell us your feedback and we'll be sure its been passed along.  Click here for more info!
 

APEX Recognized for Great Market-Rate Living Apex 

SP apartments nominated for best building in DTLA

There was much competition at this year's annual Roses and Lemons Awards, put on by the prestigious Downtown Breakfast Club for over 30 years.  South Park's very own APEX apartments was nominated for Best Market-Rate Housing in the downtown area, which is truly an accomplishment of its own.  One of the newest residential buildings in the district, APEX stands proudly on the south-eastern corner of 9th and Figueroa, just across from LA Live and the LA Convention Center.  Between views from this building and the features within, we couldn't be prouder to have APEX as part of the South Park community.  Click here for into on APEX and the high-end living the building has to offer. 

Never Built Los Angeles Preview Party NeverBuilt 

A + D Museum Exhibit Inspires Future DTLA Developments

Never Built Los Angeles looks at visionary architectural and artistic works that had the greatest potential to reshape the city, and yet never fully realized it in physical space. Many of these schemes still have relevance today, and could inspire future projects, particularly within the innovative and growing areas in DTLA such as South Park.

 

While the exhibit begins July 7, you are invited to special preview party on Thursday, June 20.  It will take place at 7pm at Union Station Harvey House - 800 Alameda Street. Click here to purchase tickets to this exclusive and unique event.  Those in South Park could hop on the Silver Line or the 70 bus to avoid traffic and parking!

 

If you would like to take advantage of the sponsorship opportunities for this event, please see more information here

Meet the Dispatch & Clean TeamClean
Cleaning up South Park & Responding to Concerns

 

Have you noticed the fantastic folks of the South Park Clean Team?  We contract our Clean Team members from the Los Angele Conservation Corps. From 7am to 10pm, these dedicated individuals pick up trash, remove debris, pressure wash sidewalks, and paint over graffiti, keeping South Park a clean and welcoming place. From the 110 to Margo, 9th to the 10, the efforts of this team's daily cleaning make a huge difference in the district. You'll see them with blue carts, yellow bags, and a dark blue "Clean Team" shirt. However, they need YOUR help in order to provide the best service possible - when you notice a cleanliness or maintenance problem, please call our office service holtline at (866) 560-9346.  When you do call, you'll be served by our Dispatchers Sharon and Ana, experienced personnel who will immediately send the Clean Team into action. Our Dispatchers can also answer questions about the district and the work our done at the CBD. Give us a call today! 

Stop By the South Park CBD OfficeOffice
Conveniently located off of Hope & Pico

Did you know the South Park Post is created by the South Park Community Benefit District (CBD)?  Our office is at 1333 S Hope, across the street from the California Hospital Medical Center, and under the blue awning.  Our team provides 24/7 security services, as well as maintenance from 7am--10pm on weekdays.  Our management also focus on district identity, economic development, and community enhancement.  Stop by during regular business hours (8:30 AM to 5:30 PM) to learn more about the work we do and how you can get involved on a committee or as a volunteer.

Please take note of our two phone numbers. 
In order to improve service, we have created a new 24/7 hotline for security and maintenance service requests.  The main office number will remain for administration and general inquiries.

24/7 Security & Maintenance Requests: (866) 560-9346

Office & General Inquiries: (213) 663-1111
Vote for South Park as the Best BIDBestBID
 
L.A. Downtown News has annual "Best Of" awards, South Park CBD has been nominated as one of the Best BIDs- please vote for us on May 4th!  Click here to vote! 
Get Connected! 
For more regular updates & info:
In this Issue:
My Figueroa Project Update
WIN Tickets to New Film Makers LA
Former NBA Player & Laker Coach to Raffle Championship Ring
Where is South Park?
Take a Glance at the District Map

SP Spotlight:Paws
PAWS/LA
 
Do you know about PAWS/LA and the work that they do in Los Angeles?  Founded in 1989, this non-profit is dedicated to preserving the special bond between people and their pets, particularly for those whose financial or physical health situation prevents them from providing care for their furry friends.

Helping those with life-threatening illnesses and low-income seniors, their main office is located in beautiful South Park, at 1150 S Hope St.  Currently, the organization serves more than1,700 disenfranchised individuals and their 2,000+ animal companions.

PAWS/LA has a fantastic event coming up this summer!  On Sunday June 2, come out to PAWSAPALOOZA at Woodley Park in Van Nuys for this first annual Dog Walk & Festival.

For more information, check out their website , call (213) 741-1950, or email info@pawsla.org.
Upcoming Events
 in South Park
South Park Board Board
& Committee Meetings

Our Board of Directors meets every other month, and includes the following members:
  • Robin Bieker - Chairman/President
  • Phillip Hill - Vice President
  • Gary Warfel - Treasurer
  • Bob Buente - Secretary
  • Martha Saucedo
  • David Galaviz
  • Cliff Hoffman  

The next board meeting is May 22, at 8:30 AM, in our offices. 

 

South Park also holds monthly meetings of our 3 committees:
  • District Identity & Streetscape Improvements Committee (DISI)  
  • Sidewalk Beautification, Operations, and Order Commitee (SOBO)  
  • Land Use and Economic Development Committee (LUED)

Anyone is welcome to join SPCBD at any of these meetings.  Agendas are posted at our office 72 hours in advance, and will available online shortly.  For more information, please email Amanda Irvine at amanda@southpark.la. 

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The South Park BID was established in 2005, and became the South Park Community Benefit District in 2013.  The mission of SPCBD is to continually support the unique living and commerce experience for its residents and businesses by facilitating a safe, clean, collaborative and wholesome environment.
South Park Community Benefit District 
 Admin & Field Office: (213) 663-1111 
1333 S Hope St  |  Los Angeles, CA 90015 
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