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Project Updates

Four Developers Advancing in Selection Process

Metro released a Request for Interest/Qualifications (RFI/Q) for the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station on August 27, 2018. The RFI/Q set expectations for a high quality project consistent with stakeholder priorities and Metro’s mission of creating Transit Oriented Communities (TOC). Eight proposals were received in January 2019.

RFI/Q proposals were evaluated based on the proposers’ relevant experience, and their project concepts’ alignment with priorities detailed in the Opportunity Overview . After thorough evaluation, four of the development teams were selected to respond to a formal Request for Proposals (RFP). Responses were received in August 2019 and are currently being evaluated based on the following:

  • Vision, scope and design
  • Public benefits associated with the project
  • Financial feasibility/sustainability
  • Response to community feedback and outreach plan
  • Project timeline and feasibility

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Metro hosted a public Open House to provide an opportunity for attendees to meet the four development teams, learn about their proposals, ask questions, and provide feedback. Two identical open houses were held at 3-5pm at 6-8pm. The Open House presentation is available here.

In response to feedback received at the Open House, Metro has extended the comment period to November 22, 2019. If you would like to submit comments to the project proposers, please fill out our online comment form by Friday, November 22, 2019. General comments on Metro Joint Development are always welcomed via our online comment form .

Following the open house and final evaluation of the RFP proposals, staff anticipates recommending the Metro Board authorize entering into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement and Planning Document (ENA) in early 2020 with the highest scoring proposer. Once an ENA is executed, the selected developer will be required to engage with stakeholders to further refine the project concept.

Any questions related to the RFP must be submitted to Gina Romo, Principal Contract Administrator, at romog@metro.net or 213.922.7558.