Preliminary Feasibility Study for Broadway Arts Center Released

Thu, 09/08/2011 (All day)
Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

Bringing Back BroadwayThe project team behind the Broadway Arts Center, a proposed mixed-use artistic space in downtown Los Angeles, has released a Preliminary Feasibility Study.  The study includes a site analysis, results of interviews with local stakeholders and a community impact overview.  The Broadway Arts Center (BAC), according to project partners, is "envisioned as a mixed-use affordable artists’ housing, performance/exhibition space, educational facility, and creative commercial center, in downtown Los Angeles." 

Olga Garay-English, Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, distributed a memo with the Preliminary Feasibility Study and an overview of the BAC project.  She encourages all stakeholders to complete a brief survey that will inform BAC planning activities.  There is one survey for individuals and one for organizations; both are located at www.creativespacela.org.

From the release: "Earlier this year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) funding for planning and pre-development of the “Broadway Arts Center” (BAC), envisioned as a mixed-use affordable artists’ housing, performance/exhibition space, educational facility, and creative commercial center, in downtown Los Angeles.  The project has been endorsed by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and Councilmember José Huizar, whose “Bringing Back Broadway" initiative is revitalizing the historic Broadway Corridor.  Our goal is to utilize the arts to promote a safe and vibrant community, create jobs, and provide opportunities for artists."

The BAC project team consists of a strong public/private partnership that includes DCA, the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA); City Planning Department Urban Design Studio; The Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation; Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); and the California Institute for the Arts (CalArts).  Additional input was provided the City of LA Housing Department, Department of Building and Safety, Community Development Department, and other municipal agencies. 

The Preliminary Feasibility Study is available for download via the link below.  For more information on the Broadway Arts Center, please visit www.creativespacela.org.