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Metro releases new details and seeks community input for Union Station redesign

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, August 01, 2013, at 02:53PM
Screenshot from Metro's Community Workshop presentation

This overview shows what property is owned by Metro, and what the plots surrounding Union Station are.

This post has been updated with new renderings and information from the community workshop.

Metro and designers continue to refine the Master Plan for Downtown's Union Station. This broad look at the future of the historic site is meant to create more convenient travel, incorporate the proposed high-speed rail line and spur commercial development in and around the station.

On Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the updated plans were presented to the public at a community workshop. The designs for Union Station focus on convenience, said Jenna Hornstock, Deputy Executive Officer in charge of the Master Plan. She said they’re looking for public input and insight as they move forward.

“We’re not asking anybody: ‘Which one of these is the right one?’ and we don’t think that’s the appropriate question at this point,” Hornstock said. “But more are we hitting the main things? Are we getting at the qualities that you want to see? And are we addressing the issues of creating not just a great transit facility but a great place for Los Angeles.”

Hornstock says that so far, Angelenos seem most concerned with how the station will connect to the L.A. River, what type of new development it will bring, and how it will facilitate travel.

By the end of September, Metro may have some initial cost estimates available. By November, they're expected to have chosen a Master Plan and by summer 2014, the last community workshop will be held and the plan finalized.

According to a report issued by Metro in March: "We will plan for new development, public spaces and programming that will create an iconic destination, however we must be prepared to made trade-offs and compromises. For example, the Master Plan is likely to recommend less new development than had been considered by the previous owner in order to accommodate transit needs."

Metro purchased Union Station in 2011 for $75 million from Catellus Operating Limited Partnership. The sale included 38 acres of land and 5.9 million square-feet of entitlements.

Metro's blog The Source reports that there are actually three projects going on at Union Station. In addition to the Master Plan, Metro is taking measures to improve signage at the station and also work on better linking Union Station to surrounding neighborhoods.

The meeting takes place Thursday, August 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. It will be in Ballroom A/C.

The Cathedral is located at 555 West Temple Street.


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