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Around the Halls: 6th Street Viaduct Project, Mills Act Tax Breaks and Arts District Park

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, November 14, 2011, at 07:56AM
6th Street Viaduct Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

The 6th Street Viaduct is one of a dozen historic bridges that cross the L.A. River as it passes through Downtown. The dual-arch structure is the longest of the group, and has been used in countless television shows and films.

Today is Monday, November 14, and hearings for the 6th Street Viaduct replacement reach council this week. The future of the Mills Act tax breaks and an Arts District park are also on the agendas at City Hall.

MONDAY: Budget and Finance committee meets.

A financial plan for the 6th Street Viaduct replacement comes to committee as the project's environmental document begins its journey through Council. According to CF 10-1409, the city would float up to $100 million in costs, getting reimbursed annually by the federal government to its portion of the $401 million project.

TUESDAY: Council meets, as do three committees.

California Hospital wants to put an "Emergency" sign in the median of Hope Street between Pico and Venice. At Council, CF 11-0805-S1 is a motion to allow the non-standard installation.

The Mills Act, which can provide greatly reduced property taxes in restored historic buildings, has been an important sales incentive for Downtown properties. The city's program is capped at $1 million in annual not collected taxes, and the citywide total is nearing that sum. At Planning and Land Use Management, CF 11-1778 is a Huizar motion asking for a current accounting and asking whether that total should be raised to allow properties to continue to enter the program.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, again with three committees.

A proposed park planned as part of the Arts District cleantech incubator goes to Housing, Community and Economic Development as an amendment to the agreement between CRA and DWP. CF 10-0540-s3 went through the CRA board all the way back in August.

Permission for LADOT to execute a negotiating agreement with Forest City over the Blossom Plaza development goes to Council as CF 10-1093. The developer will pay $100,000 to cover the city's costs in the negotiations.

Council hearings for the 6th Street Viaduct get underway at Public Works committee. The project, which recently restarted after a one-year delay would go through council approval for its environmental documents before final design gets underway. Construction is scheduled to start in 2014. CF 11-1789 is the council file.

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