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Broadway Effort Asks For Authority To Buy Land For Parking Garage

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at 09:54AM
Auto Park, on Broadway Eric Richardson [Flickr]

This Auto Park sign stands outside a Broadway surface parking lot.

Despite the push to make Downtown a transit and pedstrian-oriented community, Los Angeles is still a city centered around the car.

In order to accommodate those who would visit revived theatres or work in new office spaces, the Bringing Back Broadway project is asking City Council for the authorization to build one or more new parking garages on Broadway.

The effort asks for the authority to acquire land and partner on new garages, as well as the permission to negotiate with existing garages to keep their facilities open later into the night.

The report, filed on January 23, says that there are currently 5,238 off-street spaces serving Broadway, and that during the daytime those spaces are near 100% occupancy.

While the report doesn't mention specific properties, the effort is targeting the stretch of Broadway between 6th and 9th for garage creation. Funding for the effort would come from MICLA, the Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles.

The motion will next go to council's Transportation committee, before moving on to the full Council.

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