One of the first things Metro’s contractor will do for the first 3.9-mile section of the Purple Line Extension Project between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega will be to close the parking lot adjacent to the agency’s former customer service center at Wilshire/La Brea. The lot is scheduled to close April 1 in order to build a construction staging yard.
The contractor will build a temporary fence around the property, remove trees, relocate an alleyway, and later this summer will begin the demolition of the former customer service center, the Blockbuster and Lawrence of La Brea buildings. The parking lot is owned by Metro, which has been providing free parking at the lot since January 2014. It was previously leased by Metro to the City of Los Angeles as a paid parking lot. Metro has identified three other nearby parking lots for the community’s use. See Metro’s most recent community meeting presentation for a map of these lots (Slide 16).
Metro is working with its contractor, LADOT, and local council district to review the current parking conditions and explore the possibility of additional on-street parking facilities in the future.
Here’s the construction notice:
Detroit Parking Lot Closure
On Wednesday, April 1st at 7am, the Design-Builder, Skanska, Traylor & Shea, will be closing the Detroit parking lot, located on the northeast corner of Wilshire and Detroit, permanently. The lot will be re-purposed as a construction staging yard for the project and is the future location of the La Brea station.
A schedule of work activities from April through the summer of 2015 at the location will include:
- Construction of a temporary fence
- Removal of trees
- Removal of artwork at former La Brea Customer Service Center
- Construction of a temporary alley to exit west on Detroit
- Alley closure at La Brea
- Demolition of former Metro Customer Service Center, Blockbuster and Lawrence of La Brea buildings
- Construction of sound wall around entire property
TIME: 7am lot closes”. Work hours “7 am -3:30 pm”
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
WHAT: Detroit Parking Lot Closure
Notice of the closure was placed in the parking lot in January.
Construction is a dynamic process and information is subject to change without notice. Work activity is subject to weather conditions.
WHAT TO EXPECT
All work has received necessary permits and approvals.
Access for pedestrians will be maintained outside of the construction zone.
Access for emergency responders will be maintained.
Construction may result in changes to bus routes or stop locations. Metro will
post signs at affected stops to advise of alternative boarding locations. Real-time information available at metro.net/service/advisories or 323.GOMETRO.