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The Little Tokyo/Arts District Station configuration presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for Joint Development. The area surrounding the future Little Tokyo/Arts District Station has been the subject of numerous community visioning exercises, planning efforts, studies, charrettes, and academic analyses. Metro has decided the typical Joint Development process should be modified to reflect the depth of community-driven studies already completed and to meet the needs of this unique Station site and community. Rather than prepare traditional Development Guidelines and issue a  Request for Proposals (RFP), Metro intends to issue a Request for Interest (RFI), which will set expectations for a high quality project consistent with stakeholder priorities and Metro’s mission of creating Transit Oriented Communities (TOC). The goal of the RFI approach is to solicit innovative ideas that think beyond typical development scenarios, align with community priorities, and encourages opportunities for strategic public/private partnerships to enhance the area around the future Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.

Metro will be working with an urban design consultant team to identify the real estate development opportunities and developable areas around Metro’s transit infrastructure at the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, create a baseline understanding of City of Los Angeles development regulations on the site, review and summarize existing visioning documents, and engage and present findings to community stakeholders for input. The Consultant will synthesize this information and create an RFI that effectively markets the joint development opportunity in order to generate development interest. If Metro receives a submission it deems is capable of meeting the TOC goals for the site, a likely outcome of the RFI would be to seek Metro Board authority to enter into an exclusive negotiation agreement (ENA) with a developer.

Project Schedule

Fall 2017

Hire urban design consultant team to initiate Little Tokyo/Arts District Station development opportunity study.

Early 2018

Engage local stakeholders and complete Little Tokyo/Arts District Station development opportunity study.

Spring 2018

Present study findings to Metro Board of Directors.

Mid 2018

Issue Request for Interest. Review responses.

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