New Plans for Transit Oriented Development in South Central L.A.

Los Angeles County recently adopted the Florence-Firestone Transit Oriented District Specific Plan.

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February 14, 2023, 10:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

A map of the A Line in Los Angeles near where it passes the Florence Station.

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Los Angeles County planners recently wrapped up a specific plan for the Florence-Firestone area in South Central L.A. after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the new Florence-Firestone Transit Oriented District Specific Plan.

An article by Steven Sharp reports that the specific plan is intended to encourage new development in a transit oriented neighborhood near the A Line (née Blue Line) light rail line on the Metro transit system. The zone changes included in the plan “will impact properties located within a roughly half-mile radius of a the A Line's Slauson, Florence, and Firestone stations,” according to Sharp.

“Notable among the changes are those to properties fronting Slauson Avenue, Gage Street, Nadeau Street, Compton Avenue, and Holmes Avenue, which are now intended to permit mixed-use buildings and multifamily housing. Additionally, the reach of the specific plan also extends to side streets, where blocks of duplexes, triplexes, and single-family homes would be rezoned to allow for larger apartment buildings and townhome-style projects.”

In addition to zoning changes, the specific plan also calls for “public realm and infrastructure improvements, including traffic signals, wayfinding signage, bikeways, and crosswalks,” according to Sharp.

Also included in the article, linked below, are details about ongoing projects to improve traffic safety on Florence-Firestone’s notoriously dangerous streets.

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