The 377-acre Western/Slauson Redevelopment Project is located approximately 10 miles south of downtown. The project was adopted in 1996 as a result of the 1992 civil disturbances. The Project Area is bounded by Vernon Avenue to the north, Van Ness Avenue to the west, 80th Street to the south, and Vermont Avenue to the east. There are five commercial corridors: Western, Normandie, and Vermont avenues (north-south); and Slauson and Florence avenues (east-west).
To rehabilitate existing businesses;
To expand the community’s retail and industrial base; and
To create living-wage jobs.
Conditions at Time of Adoption
The civil disturbance of April 1992 caused damage to 55 properties in the Project Area and called attention to longstanding problems:
• Nearly all (95.8 percent) of the buildings in the Project Area needed some type of repair.
• Of these 655 buildings, 138 had vacancy levels greater than 20 percent.
• The buildings were outdated, and the properties were small and irregularly shaped.
• Curbs, gutters, and sidewalks were in a general state of disrepair and deterioration.
• Public improvements, including a substandard and outdated traffic circulation system, were inadequate.
• There was a high crime rate.
Our Key Accomplishments
CRA/LA successfully defended a legal challenge to our adoption of the Western Slauson Recovery Redevelopment Project Area.
Western Avenue. The 56-unit Amistad Plaza low-income residential development on South Western Avenue was completed in 2001, and by December 2002 the first tenants began moving in. Several apartments are equipped for mobility-impaired individuals.
Phase I of a Commercial Facade and Signage Program was completed in 2003. The program provided five property owners and 12 businesses with up to $25,000 to improve their storefronts.
Phase I of a Streetscape Program was completed. Phase II has begun with the design and installation of more trees along Western Avenue south of Florence Avenue to 80th Street.
CRA/LA helped fund public improvements in the industrial area at 60th Street west of Western Avenue. We purchased the property at the northeast corner of Western and Gage avenues that serves as a traffic median. The property will be landscaped and will serve as a gateway improvement site.
We are in the process of purchasing a 2.8-acre site at the northwest corner of 60th Street and Western Avenue. Future construction on this site will house stores and other businesses, as well as manufacturing facilities.
West Slauson Avenue. Chesterfield Square, a 23-acre retail shopping center—the largest commercial development in the Project Area—was completed in 2001. We also made streetscape improvements.
The West Slauson Residential Rehabilitation Program has begun with the selection of a program facilitator.
Between 2009 and 2014, CRA/LA plans to further improve the Western/Slauson neighborhood by:
- Completing the Commercial Facade and Signage Program;
- Completing the Streetscape Program;
- Continuing to review and process residential and commercial building project permits;
- Establishing an Industrial Stabilization Program to assist businesses offering living-wage jobs;
- Surveying business owners to begin creating a Business Improvement District;
- Establishing a Residential Facade Program;
- Purchasing strategic sites to encourage new investment in the Project Area; and
- Developing a plan for improving public infrastructure.