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Metro Takes Ownership of Union Station

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011, at 08:52PM
Union Station Eric Richardson

The 1939 Union Station building (bottom left) is located just across the railroad tracks from Metro's headquarters at One Gateway Plaza (top right).

Los Angeles' 72-year-old Union Station enters public hands for the first time today with the closing of Metro's $75-million purchase of the station and surrounding properties.

blogdowntown was first to bring word of the potential purchase in December. The deal was announced on February 24.

In a release today, the agency focuses on the planning effort that will now start as Metro figures out the best uses for the 38 acres and six million square feet of entitlements it just purchased.

As part of that process, the agency will be initiating a design competition aimed at soliciting ideas for making Union Station a "world class" inter-modal facility.

Coming on board to head up the planning process will be Cal Hollis, who Metro is hiring away from the sinking ship of the Community Redevelopment Agency. Hollis is currently the agency's Chief Operating Officer, and served as interim head of the CRA before the hiring of current CEO Christine Essel.

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