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Metro Staff Lays Out Timeline for Union Station Planning

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011, at 07:24AM
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).

Now that Metro is officially the owner of Los Angeles' historic Union Station, the transit agency has to figure out just what exactly it plans to do with the place.

To that end, Metro is in the process of creating a master plan that will guide plans for development of the station and its surrounding 38 acres.

Yesterday, agency staff presented a timeline that aims for completion of the ambitious plan by August of 2013.

That may seem a long time, but the issues to be addressed are complex. Along with transit operations, the site currently has six million square feet of entitlements from the Alameda District Specific Plan.

The report presented to the agency's Planning and Programming committee (PDF) lays out elements that need specific study, including commercial development opportunities, the station's physical capacity to meet transit demands while remaining a historic landmark and connectivity to La Plaza, Olvera Street and Little Tokyo.

A Request for Interest and Qualifications will be released next month, and from the responses Metro will select three to five firms it would like to see respond to a full Request for Proposals. That document is tentatively scheduled for release in October, with responses due in January of 2012. Public presentations would then take place before the board chooses a winning bid in April of 2012.

blogdowntown was first to report Metro's potential purchase of the 1939 station back in December. That purchase closed in April.


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