Regardless of your political philosophy, party, ethnicity religion, race, age and economic status, there are some things we ALL agree on: our community needs better schools, infrastructure, parks, safe streets and jobs, jobs, jobs.
How do we get these things?
By smart, sustainable and community centered development.
That is why I was thrilled to work on the West Angeles Plaza which opened on June 4th.
From their press release:
The $8.5 million, 24,000 sq. ft. retail complex will include a 15,000 sq. ft. grocery, a 4,500 sq ft. Union Bank branch and additional 5,000 sq. ft. of retail, commercial and community space.
“The new development is an important step in the revitalization of the Crenshaw Corridor,“ said Bishop Charles Blake of the West Angeles Church of God. “It’s an important step in transforming this corner from the lowest and worst use to the highest and best use for our community.”
Among the dignitaries on hand to celebrate the Crenshaw Corridor milestone will be LA City Council President Herb Wesson; LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr Pastor, West Angeles Church; Executive Vice President, Community Banking, Leticia Aguilar; Senior Executive Vice President Union Bank Pierre Habis; and WACDC CEO emeritus, Dr. Lula Ballton.
“Completion of the West Angeles Plaza is a welcome addition to recent improvements along the Crenshaw Corridor,” said LA City Council President Wesson. “The development is also an economic shot in the arm bringing as many as 150 construction-related jobs, 50 grocer-related jobs, 25 bank jobs, and possibly as many as 30 office jobs in addition to attracting additional small businesses.”
“This project has become a reality because of smart, tactical, incentive financing programs that are win-win opportunities for all involved,” said LA County Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “West Angeles Plaza is an important milestone because it can invite new businesses and much-needed services that revitalize areas like the Crenshaw Corridor. However, our communities need increased access to capital. Therefore, we need to support incentives like New Market Tax Credits that can provide additional opportunities to make more developments like this possible.”
This is a proud day for my office and a hopeful day for the community. Let's keep moving forward on these projects so that our kids can one day raise their own families here.