FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2017

Media Contact:
Sabrina Valles, The ACE Agency
714-466-0080, sabrina@theaceagency.com

Second Community Design Workshop for South Grand Park
Public Input Set For Oct. 23 at 5 PM

[Los Angeles, Calif.] – Mack Urban and AECOM Capital announced that the schematic design phase for South Grand Park is underway and seeks public input at its second Community Design Workshop on Monday, October 23 from 5-7 p.m. at First Draft, 1230 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90015. The workshop will recap community feedback heard at the first workshop held on Oct. 2, introduce a draft park design, and encourage feedback from the community through interactive workshops and activities. Free and open to all, refreshments will be provided.

The new planned public space in the South Park neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles will be located on S Grand Ave between W 11th St and W 12th St and set to open to the public in mid-2019. In partnership with Councilmember José Huizar, his DTLA Forward Initiative, and the South Park Business Improvement District (BID), South Grand Park is a key part of a larger vision to create more public amenities for the South Park community and improve the quality of life for Downtown LA residents.

“South Grand Park marks a significant milestone for the City’s new Quimby, park-development guidelines that my office oversaw in order to increase and maximize green-space throughout Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Here in DTLA, together with Mack Urban, AECOM Capital, and the South Park BID, we are creating a greater environment, a more vibrant neighborhood and sustainable community within South Park and Downtown Los Angeles.”

The landscape design of South Grand Park will be led by Los Angeles-based firm, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, specializing in multi-disciplinary design with artistic collaboration by Los Angeles-based artist, Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC).
“We are very excited for the addition of park space in South Park – the community has been wanting this for a long time, and we all look forward to being part of the design process,” said Ellen Riotto, Executive Director of South Park BID.

Community Arts Resources (CARS) is facilitating public engagement surrounding the project development and is hosting a series of workshops to gather public input. The community is welcome to get involved in the project and assist in shaping the future of this new park by attending an upcoming community workshop and completing the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3K958P2.

Upcoming Community Workshops:

Community Design Workshop #2
When: Monday, October 23, 2017 | 5-7 p.m.
Where: First Draft, 1230 S Olive St, Los Angeles 90015

Community Design Workshop #3
When: Monday, November 13, 2017 | 5-7 p.m.
Where: Grand Hope Park, 919 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015

For more information and to get involved visit:
Mailing List: https://goo.gl/forms/xxRKkM7UtvNuks5Z2
Email: southgrandparkinfo@gmail.com
Social Media: @southgrandparkla
Online Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3K958P2

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ABOUT MACK URBAN, LLC
Mack Urban, LLC is a premier West Coast real estate investment and development firm that owns, manages, and builds environmentally sensitive, urban infill projects designed to preserve neighborhood character and strengthen communities. The company focuses on long-term holdings, with investments in diverse asset classes including transit-oriented development, high-rise residential, mixed-use multifamily, adaptive reuse, and student and senior housing.

ABOUT AECOM CAPITAL
AECOM Capital, a subsidiary of AECOM, is an investor and developer of real estate, infrastructure and public-private partnerships across North America and select international markets with a total development value of approximately $5 billion. Targeting high-quality, risk-adjusted investments, AECOM Capital leverages AECOM’s vast resources across all engineering, design and construction services for deal flow, due diligence, execution and project delivery. AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.aecomcapital.com.

ABOUT THE SOUTH PARK BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (BID):
The South Park Business Improvement District (BID) is managed by the South Park Stakeholders Group, a coalition of residents, property owners, and business who are deeply committed to the ongoing improvement of the district. Since 2005, the South Park BID has worked to make South Park safer, cleaner, and more vibrant for the people who live, work and visit South Park. For more information, email info@southpark.la or visit www.southpark.la

ABOUT JOSÉ HUIZAR, COUNCILMEMBER, 14TH DISTRICT:
Councilmember José Huizar represents Council District 14, including Downtown Los Angeles, where he has focused on economic growth and connectivity of DTLA’s distinct neighborhoods, as well as increasing public space, multimodal options and amenities for a rapidly growing residential community through his DTLA Forward initiative. Huizar worked with LA County officials to create an intensive five-days-a-week medical, housing, rehabilitative, and social service outreach program in Skid Row (C3) that has since been expanded Countywide; he helped create the nation’s first permanent large-city committee to address homelessness; and he co-authored Measure HHH, the $1.2 billion homeless housing bond.