Yesterday, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and his staff showed their appreciation to the men and women working on the the NEW Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.
The Construction workers were treated to a lunch, provided by Earlez Grille, on their work site where they have been working on the Inpatient Tower.
Construction of the 194,000 square-foot Inpatient Tower is scheduled to be substantially completed in March of 2013 and will markedly improve the quality of life of Second District residents.
In October 2010, the Board of Supervisors voted to establish a Local Hire Policy for the MLK Medical Center campus. The policy requires that 30% of the total construction hours be reserved for workers who live within a five mile radius and/or reside in ZIP codes experiencing 150% of the County's average rate of unemployment. The investments on the campus are projected to create nearly 2,100 direct construction jobs for the community. To date, the MLK Inpatient Tower project has succeeded in hiring 38% of its employees from within a five mile radius and 31% of it's employees from those ZIP codes experiencing higher rates of underemployment.