Volume 22 - April 2015
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Major South Park Developments Break Ground Groundbreaking

Mayor Garcetti, Chinese Dignitaries, Councilmember Huizar, and the South Park BID Welcome Projects


In the past few weeks, we have celebrated some exciting ground breakings in South Park.  Beijing-based Oceanwide held a groundbreaking ceremony for development project Oceanwide Plaza, previously known as Fig Central.  The event was emceed by our very own Executive Director Jessica Lall. 

The ceremony marks a turning point after nearly a decade of development iterations for Fig Central, a project just east of Staples Center. Fig Central will feature one 49-story tower and two 40-story towers, all sitting on top of a 100-foot-tall podium. The podium will have 1,444 parking stalls and an open-air galleria with more than 166,000 square feet of retail space. The project will be built in a single phase and is scheduled for completion by 2018. 




Along with Oceanwide, San Francisco-based Trumark Urban held a March groundbreaking for their latest project, a 22-story condo tower named Ten50. Ten50 will include a variety of floor plans including one and two bedroom layouts, as well as larger penthouse units; some even two-level penthouse residences commanding beautiful city views. Residents will also have access to a multitude of amenities, both indoor and outdoor. According to downtown blogger Brigham Yen, Ten50 will also host "one of the country's first drone landing pad (if not the first in a residential high-rise) on the 6th floor amenity deck that will be able to accept packages from Amazon's future drone delivery service". Ten50 is slated for completion in late 2016 and will come with 5,000 square feet of retail that will wrap around the base of the tower.


It was an honor for the South Park BID to take part in both groundbreakings. We wish both a very warm welcome to the neighborhood, and thank both Trumark Urban and Oceanwide for their dedication to the South Park neighborhood and commitment to the BID.


Street Art Collection on Google Shows South Park to the World

March 17 was more than St. Patrick's Day this year  it was also the official launch of Google Art Project's new Street Art Collection.  Utilizing their existing geolocation abilities, a team at Google has created a site where murals and other forms of public art can be pin-pointed on a map, and seen around the world.  This project is part of the larger Google Cultural Institute, launched in 2011.

Thanks to our partner the Do Art Foundation, South Park now has 4 large-scale murals, with many more on the way.  Now, people from all over can not only see the beauty of these works by amazing artists,  b ut can associate them with Downtown Los Angeles and the South Park Community.

Take a glance at South Park's murals on Google Street Art by these great artists:

If you snap a pic of them while out in the community, be sure to tag them #SPDoesArt!

SPBID Convenes Meeting with City Departments and Metro

The Pico Metro Station is an important asset to the South Park community, and a gateway to DTLA from the south and west.  It serves two Metro train lines and a thriving community, as well as many large-scale entertainment venues.  We've heard from many residents, developers, business owners, and students about the changes they would like to see made there, and want to see how those ideas can influences to future of the station.


Due to local  interest  and concern, SPBID met last week with Metro, Mayor Garcetti's Office, and our local Council Districts 9 and 14 to discuss the future of the station.  Those in attendance discussed the importance of the station to South Park, as well as the greater LA area.  The BID presented ideas on how to enhance the station, and provided context for the surrounding community and its growth.  The group also discussed current plans for the station.  We'd like to thank our local government agencies for coming together to discuss a topic to important to our community, and look forward to convening again soon.


SPBID Talks Construction with Project Managers Construction

Multiple Local Development Projects Spurs Meeting

Recently, the South Park BID convened a meeting with project managers from many of the local construction projects, including 1200 Fig, Oceanwide Plaza, Ten50, G12, The Desmond, and MyFigueroa.  The purpose of the meeting was to aggregate all construction plans and contact info for projects, share ideas on how to mitigate impacts to nearby residents and businesses, and coordinate (where possible) our clean and safe teams, with a goal to put together maps and information of good walking routes and construction zones as they change throughout the coming months.


Every development project will have a hotline that residents and local employees can call in order to discuss issues with the site curing construction.  If you have any questions about development in the area, please let us know!  We will soon be posting a list of all local construction hotline online and in our front window.


Downtown LA BIDs Meet with LAPD Leadership LAPD

BIDs and Their Safety Teams Connect with Law Enforcement

Last week, DTLA area BIDs got together with local LAPD Chief and Commanders to discuss various issues the downtown community is dealing with, including homelessness, increase in graffiti, and working together towards a safer downtown.  


The meeting was attended by many BID representatives, and is reflective of the great relationship these two very different kinds of organizations continue to share.  As a follow up to this meeting, we will be organizing tour of South Park with LAPD and BID staff and Board members soon.


Check out South Park's Newest Restaurant, with Live Mariachi!


You don't want to miss this fantastic night out in South Park!  Join the community as we roll out the carpet in "South Park green" for Don Chente, one of our newest restaurants.  You'll be able to experience a taste of the great food, speciality drinks, and thrilling Mariachi at next month's Green Carpet event!

Don Chente's Green Carpet Event
Thursday, April 30
Hosted Food & Drink Tastes PLUS Live Mariachi

If you've joined us at a Green Carpet Event, then you know this is the place to be on April 30th - and if you have yet to join us, this is your chance!

Resident Dawn Davis Shares Her SP Love Dawn

Local Actress & Activist on Why South Park is the Place to Be


South Park is an exciting place to be right now.  The influx of development, business interest, transit connections and more are putting the neighborhood on the map like never before.  However, not many people are aware of what it might be like to live here.  

Local resident, actress, and activist, Dawn Davis, shares her side of the South Park story in a piece recently written for the Downtown News.  Dawn jumped right into local life as soon as she moved in.  AS she's tells it, " Jessica, Amanda and Jessica at the BID welcomed me as an active resident, and when they discovered I'd been volunteering for Operation Healthy Streets in Skid Row, they asked if I'd be willing to do outreach with our homeless neighbors in South Park."

Take a look, experience the community and its future through one member's eyes.  As Dawn says, with all thats coming online, "t hings are going to get crazy good."

Runners Raise Over $150,000 for California Hospital Medical Center


Thanks to the local South Park community and all of DTLA for your support of the annual Heart of the City 5k!  The race raised $150,000 for California Hospital Medical Center, where it will be used for the hospital's vital ER and cardiology equipment, and has nearly doubled the amount of participants each year.  For the past 127 years, CHMC has provided quality care to residents, businesses, visitors and neighbors in need.  If you work, live or hang out in DTLA, this is YOUR hospital.

SPBID is proud to be involved in the event, where we serve on the committee, and help get extra volunteers to clean the area before and after the event.

Want to get involved in next year's race?  The committee is always looking for new members to make this amazing event happen.   Check out heartofthecity5k.org,  CHMC's   Facebook page , or call (213) 748-5866 for more information.

Coro Fellow LADOT Transportation Study Needs Your Input


The South Park BID is excited to support Coro Fellows and LADOT in demystifying the feeling people have towards bikes and sharing the road in Los Angeles. Love them, hate them? Let them know! 

Take their quick survey, which will provide some fantastic insights for their research and inform future biking policy in the city. The Fellows are looking to reach as wide an audience as possible - so whether you ride a bike, drive a car, walk, use transit, skateboard or scooter, they could use your help. The survey takes about 10 minutes, and respondents can choose to be entered in a raffle for a chance to win prizes. Whatever your opinion is, survey now or forever hold your peace.
MyFigueroa Streetscaping on Track for 2016 MyFig

A New Timeline is Announced for Improvements to Figueroa & 11th St.


The MyFigueroa streetscaping project has a new timeline - construction will likely start in December 2015 or January 2016.  The project was initiated by a coalition of local entities over 5 years ago, and was initially housed in the now defunct CRA.  Moving forward through its new home at LADOT, the project will include protected bike lanes, pedestrian level lighting, wayfinding signage, and new, separated bus platforms.  While construction was originally going to begin in 2015, we're excited to see that the project is still moving forward and will enhance the South Park area in the coming year.  Street lighting updates are already underway.  As the funding must be used by the end of 2016, the buildout will be completed relatively quickly.  More updates on the MyFigueroa project to come soon!

Important Presentations at  4/23 Board Meeting  BoardMtg

Street Vending Policy and Local Utility Box Art Presentations


The South Park BID Board of Directors meets on the 4th Thursday of even months.  Meetings are open to the public, and locals are encouraged to attend and learn about important issues that impact the neighborhood.


 On Thursday April 23, the South Park BID Board meeting will include some important presentations that you won't want to miss!


South Park BID Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, April 23

8:30 - 10:00 AM

1333 S Hope Street


Featuring presentations on:

Presentation on street vending policy

Local utility box art: guidelines & moving forward


Don't forget to RVSP! We hope to see you there.



Congrats to Board Member James E. Pugh!  Pugh

SPBID Board Member Named Partner at Sheppard Mullin


  Congratulations to SPBID Board Member
 and local resident James E. Pugh, who was recently named partner of his firm, Sheppard Mullin. James Pugh is a member of the Real Estate, Land Use, and Environmental Practice Group. Based in the Los Angeles and Orange County offices, specializing in complex land use planning. 


James has a successful track record of providing clients with a valuable blend of business insight and legal expertise for virtually all types of land use and development opportunities.  He is also co-chair of CCA's Housing and Land Use Development Committee.

James' expertise and presence will continue to be invaluable in South Park as we grow forward and we are proud to continue working with such a distinguished member of the community.


Welcome Priscilla to the South Park Team Priscilla

SPBID is Proud to Announce Our New Operations Manager

The South Park BID is thrilled to welcome Priscilla Hsu to the team as our new Operations Manager! Priscilla will be helping the SPBID staff in administration, communications, and organization, all while assisting in making South Park the Place to Be.

Priscilla is from Los Angeles, and is excited to be involved in the Downtown Renaissance.  The diversity of LA is an element of her hometown that she's always loved.  She is also near fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.  The next time you stop by our office, be sure to say "Hi!" to the newest member of the team.

SP Clean Team's Monthly Focus CleanTeam

Maintenance Crews Perform Extra Work on Local Benches


Starting in 2015, SP's Clean Team is going to have a monthly focus and special project, in order to increase the cleanliness of the neighborhood.


This month, the Clean Team will provide detail painting and cleanup on walls throughout the district. 


January's special project was pressure washing every trash can in the district, so that all 117 waste baskets are now free of excess debris.  February's special project was removal of weeds from all local tree wells.  In March, the team provided extra focus and deep cleaning of all local benches and city trash cans.


Stay tuned for information on special projects in the coming months!


Have an idea for a special project?  Let us know!



Special Rate for Downtowners at California Club CalClub

Prestigious Club Invites Locals with a Deal Unique for You



For over 125 years, the California Club has represented a space of connection, relaxation, community, and well-being for its members.  These members include people from all walks of life, who come to enjoy the dining, special event spaces, and amenities to club has to offer.


You are now invited to take advantage of a special new opportunity to join the California Club at an exclusive DTLA Resident price.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to join this haven within the city, and meet the other amazing members who call it a home away from home.


 Click here for a brochure with more information.


AMGEN Tour of California Comes to L.A. LIVE AMGEN

10th Annual Cycling Competition Races Through South Park in May

In just over two months, the Amgen Tour of California is coming, with a stop in South Park!  The Amgen Tour is a Tour de France-style cycling race presented by AEG that challenges the world's top cyclists over hundreds of mile of California.  Teams chosen to compete include Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders, and World Champions.

AMGEN Tour of California
Sunday, May 17
9:15 AM - L.A. LIVE

The final stage of this state-wide race will run between L.A LIVE and Pasadena, beginning with a loop through DTLA that will have cyclists passing by multiple times.  Come out and cheer on your favorites, as a general spectator or the paid VIP experience.


Get on the Putting Green to Support California Hospital Medical Center


Save the date, caddies and putters!  California Hospital Medical Center presents their annual Golf Classic this May, and you're invited!

Proceeds from the event will go towards the renovation of the patient care tower and a new CT scanner, capable of 160 slices.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 7 at 11 AM, at Angeles National Golf Club.  Join supporters of our great community resource by signing up to participate today!

Can't participate, but want to be involved? Email chmcfoundation@dignityhealth.org or call Susan at (213) 742-5662.

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All Are Welcome at SP Board and Committee Meetings


Sign up for South Park public meeting notifications today!

Once you've signed up for any or all of the notifications through our new system, you'll get reminders a few weeks and a few days out, as well as a request for you to RSVP.  All of these meetings are open to the public, so feel free to tell your friends and neighbors as well.

New to South Park meetings?  Don't be afraid to join us!  Our Board of Directors meetings handle district-wide topics and approve committee recommendations.  The  District Identity and Marketing (DISI)  Committee discusses ideas for branding the district and special events, while the Clean/Safe Operations, and Enhanced Beautifications (SOBO) Committee focuses on keeping the district  maintained  and secure.  The Neighborhood Watch meets quarterly, with topics suggested here.

At our most recent Board meeting, we heard from Oceanwide on the Figueroa Central project, Bud Ovrom on the LA Convention Center expansion, and new restaurant Don Chente.

Go southpark.la/meeting-signup to subscribe.  We hope to see you soon!


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In this Issue:

Featured Available SpaceCommSpace

Check Out a Commercial Vacancy in SP


Hanover Grand
415-450 W. Olympic Blvd.


Restaurant & retail spaces located within the new luxury mixed-use project to be opened Q1 of 2016! 


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CHMC Gift Shop
Your One-Stop-Shop in South Park


Have you ever needed a quick gift for that friend's birthday, or wanted to buy some flowers to say thank you for a co-worker but didn't have time to run across town?


California Hospital's Gift Shop is conveniently located where you live, work, and play downtown and offers plenty of variety for unique gift ideas.  From greeting cards, flowers, jewelry and perfume, to LA teams game gear, you will find what you need for that special occasion, quick gift.  This is your South Park gift shop! Come on over and shop with the community.


The Gift Shop is located at 1401 S. Grand Ave., open Monday - Friday 10:30am-6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm. 

Clean & Safe Report
Updates from the SP Service Team

Clean Team


The Clean Team has been diligently removing graffiti, disposing of trash in the district, and  pressure washing sidewalks, as needed as well as responding to special requests.
Clean Team Accomplishments for February:

Streets Maintained
Streets Maintained (linear ft)
Trash Disposed (bags)
Trash Disposed (pounds)
Bulky Items Disposed
Number of Requests/Jobs 523
Graffiti Removed (square ft)
Citizen Assists
Tree wells serviced 640
Pressure washing (sf)
Alleys Maintained
Weed abatement (sf)

Safety Team

Our Safety Team is  always  making strides in improving the security of South Park.  This month, SP Safety Team worked against vandalism, theft, and jump started 3 cars with our new battery system!
Selected Safe Team Statistics for February:


Merchant Contact
Resident Contact
Citizen Assist
Call For Service
Kiosk Assists 36
Guard Tour Check Ins
Benches cleared

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Bi-Monthly Board & Committee Meetings:
  • Board of Directors
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