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Land Use Panel to Suggest Changes for Area Around Union Station

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, December 02, 2011, at 02:56PM
Chinatown and Union Station Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

Better connectivity between Union Station (top left) and nearby neighborhoods such as Chinatown and the Civic Center will be issues studied by a panel from the Urban Land Institute next week.

A panel of eight land use experts will come together next week to study the area around Union Station and suggest actions the city should taken to best benefit from redevelopment efforts planned by Metro.

The transit agency bought the historic rail station for $75 million earlier this year, and is currently in the midst of choosing a design team that will create a master plan for development and enhancements on the 38-acre site.

The Advisory Services Panel from the Urban Land Institute will study opportunities that development will create, as well as land use changes and connectivity improvements that the city might make to take advantage of the opportunity. The team will present its results on Friday morning.

A similar panel was put together last May to suggest direction for the city's Cleantech Corridor, a strip of land that runs along the L.A. River from the south of Downtown through Chinatown. That group suggested that the city focus on startups, not the manufacturers that had previously been discussed.

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