New community projects are moving forward along the Los Angeles River and Compton Creek

New community projects are moving forward along the Los Angeles River and Compton Creek

Two projects that will bring new green space and community amenities to sites adjacent to Compton Creek and Los Angeles River Major steps forward have been taken.

this week, Skanska Skanska Integrated Solutions (SIS) announced that its division has been selected by the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservation Commission (RMC) as construction managers for the new Alondra Gateway Park in Compton and the Frank Gehry-designed Southeast Los Angeles Cultural Center South Gate. Skanska will be responsible for the planning, pre-construction and construction efforts for both projects.

“We are thrilled to have been selected for two of RMC’s most significant projects to date,” said John Malobloki, senior vice president of Skanska Integrated Solutions, in a press release. “Skanska’s SIS team continually strives to be an important partner and advisor on projects that will have a meaningful and immediate impact on local communities and environments. We look forward to strengthening our engagement in this type of work through our management roles at both the SELA Cultural Center and Alondra Gateway Park.” “


View Alondra Gateway ParkMLA Studio

Alondra Gateway Park, planned on a triangular plot of land where Alondra Avenue crosses Compton Creek, was designed by MLA studio. Plans call for converting the currently vacant property into a half-acre park, with picnic space, seating areas, exercise equipment and shade trees.

Funding for the project was allocated in California’s 2019 budget, and construction is scheduled to begin in the coming months.


Aerial view looking northGeary Partners LLP

The Southeast Los Angeles Cultural Center, or Sila Cultural Center for short, is located along the east bank of the river and is the first of seven distinct projects to be implemented by Lower Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan. structural engineer frank Gehry, who recently led the master planning effort for the river corridor, is designing the center.

The approximately 85,000-square-foot campus, which will be located at the confluence of the Rio Hondo, has already completed its environmental approvals and is on track to break ground this year. Plans call for multiple buildings, including a performance hall, music education space, recording studios, dance stage, café, workshops, galleries, plaza, gardens and a parking lot.


Plan of the Rio Hondo confluence areaGeary Partners LLP

The site is located on the south side of the Imperial Highway, and is close to other upcoming Los Angeles River projects Such as the 30-acre “Urban Orchard” at South Gate. The site is also located south of Metro’s future right-of-way West Santa Ana Branch Light Rail Line.

Another river project designed by Gehry, the Headwaters Pavilion, Groundbreaking took place earlier this year farther north in Canoga Park.

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