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Lease Negotiations for Little Tokyo Recreation Center Headed to Council

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at 11:32PM
Budokan of Los Angeles Little Tokyo Service Center

The lengthy journey to build a recreation center in Little Tokyo took a small step forward on Tuesday, as a Council committee approved the preparation of a ground lease for the site next to the Little Tokyo Branch Library.

The project, now known as Budokan of Los Angeles, would create a 36,000 square foot multi-purpose sports complex that would host basketball, volleyball and martial arts. The land, which is owned by the city, sits on Los Angeles street, between 2nd and 3rd.

The Community Redevelopment Agency recently applied for state funds to build a green roof on the facility.

In October, the city and the Little Tokyo Service Center finalized a Memorandum of Understanding outlining how the development process would work. The next step is the development of the ground lease, which the Information Technology and Government Affairs committee asked to see back within 60 days.

'General' Jeff Page of the Skid Row 3 on 3 basketball league told the committee that his group supports the Little Tokyo effort and hopes to be able to use it once it is completed.

The project will cost approximately $15 million to complete. The full City Council must approve the committee's recommendation before it becomes official.

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