2014 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:44:20 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] "A setback for Jordan Downs project, " Watts, Los Angeles
A setback for Jordan Downs project
L.A. is eliminated for a federal grant to help revitalize the derelict housing project.

By Jessica Garrison and Kurt Streeter
Los Angeles Times (CA)
March 17, 2014

Plans for the revitalization of the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts have been thrown into disarray after Los Angeles officials learned Monday that the city will not be awarded a $30-million federal grant they had been counting on for the development.

For years, officials have been touting their plan to spend more than $700 million to transform the derelict and often dangerous housing project into a mixed-income community of up to 1,800 stylish new apartments, along with chain stores and new streetscapes.

City officials had already purchased land to expand the 1940s-era project, marshaled funds to extend Century Boulevard and launched a series of social programs designed to help residents improve their lives in advance of a new community that mixes the city's poorest with higher-income people.

But officials had pinned their hopes on a $30-million Choice Neighborhoods federal grant, which would have been used to leverage other funds.


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