EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull (right) chats with LADOT Assistant General Manager Monique Earl at the Destination Crenshaw groundbreaking ceremony February 29, 2020.
Approximately 1,500 people attended the Saturday February 29, 2020 groundbreaking ceremony for Destination Crenshaw, an open-air museum dedicated to celebrating the past, present, and future of Crenshaw, a South LA neighborhood referred to as LA’s “heart of African-American commerce.”

EWDD provided more than $1.3M in CRA/LA Excess Non-Housing Bond Proceeds toward the project, including: $1.2M toward the landscape, architectural, civil and structural engineering of the project, $119K toward Urban Design, Arts Coordination and Programming, and $30K toward the LAEDC Economic Development Analysis of the project.

EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull and EWDD Assistant General Manager of Economic Development Samuel Hughes represented the department at the event.

“EWDD supports these types of local, economic development efforts that embrace local small businesses and empowers them to be part of larger economic initiatives in the City of Los Angeles,” Hull said.

The $100M, 1.3 mile long project showcasing Crenshaw will positively impact the community by creating 1,000 jobs in South LA and bringing additional customers to existing Crenshaw-area businesses. The event featured many local politicians and leaders, including LA City Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD-8) and Herb Wesson (CD-10). Construction on the project is scheduled to start in spring 2020 and is expected to be open to the public by fall 2020.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of March 2, 2020. Read this issue and more.