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Broadway/Manchester

At A Glance
Adopted Date: Dec. 13, 1994
Project End Date: Dec. 13, 2025
Amendment: October 13, 2003

Site Office Information:
4401 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Telephone: 323-290-2800
Fax: 323-295-4790


What's New
In order to continue the revitalization of the communities it serves, the CRA/LA is reviewing seven of the nine South Los Angeles redevelopment project areas. This review includes a complete analysis of the Redevelopment Plans in each project area for potential plan amendments to:

block2 Merge certain project areas to gain greater economic strength and additional flexibility in the deployment of staff and financial resources, and

block2 Capture additional growth opportunity areas.

Prior to amending the Plans, physical and economic conditions will be analyzed to identify any adverse conditions that may exist until the Summer of 2007.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location
The Broadway/Manchester Recovery Redevelopment Project was adopted in 1994 in response to the civil unrest of 1992. It is located approximately 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, in Council Districts 8 and 9.

Business districts account for two-thirds of the Project Area. It generally encompasses the commercial corridors of Broadway between 84th Place and 102nd Street, and Manchester Avenue between the Harbor Freeway and Central Avenue. There is also an industrial core bounded by Manchester Avenue on the north, 88th Street on the south, Avalon Boulevard on the east, and San Pedro Street on the west.

Project Goals
To turn the commercial corridors into thriving centers of economic activity, providing community access to goods and services, and living-wage jobs; and To assist industrial businesses with rehabilitation, expansion, security, and public infrastructure (such as road and utilities improvements).

Conditions at Time of Adoption

  • At the time the Redevelopment Plan was adopted, the Project Area was severely distressed. The commercial corridors had been deteriorating for decades before the civil unrest.
  • Approximately 88 percent of the buildings needed rehabilitation, including several commercial structures near the intersection of Broadway and Manchester Avenue that had been damaged in the civil disturbance of 1992.
  • Property values had declined or were not increasing; properties were worth less than their purchase price.
  • Many shops were vacant, and lease rates were extremely low.
  • There was a high crime rate.

Our Key Accomplishments
Redevelopment activities to date have been handicapped by the lack of significant tax increment funds. (Redevelopment is supported by the additional taxes generated by the increased assessed value of properties in a redevelopment project area.) However, with active participation by the Community Advisory Committee (CAC), CRA/LA has been working to achieve the project goals.

  • CRA/LA made possible the development of West Angeles Estates, on 2.7-acres of  CRA/LA-owned land at the southeast corner of 94th Street and Broadway.  The first phase is a 48-unit apartment building for seniors with moderate incomes.
  • We have also been working to develop a community shopping center at the southwest corner of Broadway and Manchester Avenue. Since 2000, two developers have tried to complete this project, but they were both unable to assemble enough land.
  •  We have completed the installation of critical public improvements for the six-block Broadway/Manchester industrial core. 
  • In 2008, we contributed $80,000 for public improvements at the Watts Learning Center, a charter school located at the southwest corner of Broadway and 95th Street.

Five-Year Goals
Between 2009 and 2014, CRA/LA plans to further improve the Broadway/Manchester neighborhood by:

  • Helping residents renew their neighborhoods through a Residential Facade and/or Residential Rehabilitation program;
  • Helping merchants on Broadway and Manchester Avenue renew their storefronts through a Commercial Facade Program;
  • Increasing the supply and improving the quality of retail stores;
  • Introducing an industrial stabilization program and other redevelopment programs that will increase employment, business, and investment opportunities, and—to the extent possible—promoting opportunities for disadvantaged minorities and women;
  • Encouraging the development of open spaces, including a community park;
  • Encouraging the development of education, recreation, and cultural facilities, including those offering child care and programs for youth and seniors; and
  • Continuing community outreach to inform residents and business owners about development plan updates.