On Thursday, January 9, President Barack Obama announced that the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Hollywood, East Hollywood, Koreatown, Westlake and Pico Union have been designated as a Promise Zone. The Promise Zone Initiative is a way to partner with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand access to educational opportunities and quality, affordable housing and improve public safety.
FHCP and the City of Los Angeles were awarded a $200,000 SCAG Sustainability Planning Grant. The Hollywood Central Park project is another step towards implementing the approved 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS). FHCP’s proposal was deemed consistent with the Sustainability Program goals of improving livability, mobility, prosperity and sustainability.
Caltrans, Bureau of Engineering, Council District 13 and FCHP Technical Committee members and EIR consultants participated in an environmental workshop to discuss EIR and project description
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) amends the Regional Transportation Plan(RTP) to include “Cap Parks”
FHCP announces the selection of FirstCarbon Solutions as EIR consultant
Friends of the Hollywood Central Park Community Board Members review EIR proposals and interviews 4 EIR firms.
Friends of the Hollywood Central Park releases a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the preparation of CEQA/NEPA documentation and environmental studies.
The Aileen Getty Foundation donates $1.2 million to fund the Environmental Impact Report.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood creates special committee within DOT to help plan Hollywood Central Park next steps.
The California Supreme Court ruling leaves many issues to be resolved, including the Park’s EIR funding. FHCP Board members are working with Council Member Garcetti and the Bureau of Engineering to resolve. Planning is underway for the FHCP 2012 DC Advocacy trip. Meetings have been scheduled with the Administration, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Congressman Adam Schiff and others. Contact Alfredo Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.