From December 4 - 9, Metro's Countywide Planning department, in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning (DCP), hosted an Advisory Services Panel (ASP) from the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The ASP is a group of 9 expert panelists, brought from all over the world, to provide an outside view and consult on major planning and land use questions. Metro and DCP asked the ULI ASP to address how the City of Los Angeles can build on the pending master plan and redevelopment of Union Station. The emphasis was on what, if any, land use and planning policies should be adopted, and/or what infrastructure investments should the City make in the area immediately surrounding Union Station.
More specific questions considered:
- What market opportunities will be created by the emergence of Union Station as the transit hub for Southern California, and, given these;
- What land use changes the City should implement for the area influenced by Union Station;
- How can the City better connect the area north of the 101 freeway to the Civic Center and Central City (and thus Union Station);
- How can the City plan to have Union Station reinforce and complement activities in Chinatown, Olvera Street, Little Tokyo and along the LA River; and
- How should the City prioritize area infrastructure improvements to take advantage of the redevelopment of Union Station?
The Panel arrived on Sunday December 4th and began a series of tours, interviews with over 60 stakeholders and intense study of the area. They presented their recommendations to Metro, elected officials and the community on Friday December 9 th at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum in Little Tokyo. View presentation below:
- Union Station presentation - December 2011