December 3, 2010 @ Corazon Del Pueblo Art Space in Boyle Heights
Boyle Heights Arts District enhancements key to Mariachi Plaza section of $30 million Eastside Access Project -- streetscape improvements to increase pedestrian/bicycle access in communities surrounding the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension
Metro CEO Art Leahy and Councilmember José Huizar joined First Street merchants and artists Friday to announce the kick-off of the $12 million Mariachi Plaza component of the Eastside Access Project, the voter-approved Measure R plan that will bring sidewalk, lighting and streetscape improvements along First Street in Boyle Heights.
Part of the larger $30 million Eastside Access Project, which will focus on multi-modal transit-related improvements at or near the Metro Eastside Gold Line Extension, the Boyle Heights component is expected to enhance the burgeoning Boyle Heights Arts District along First Street, which features galleries, theaters and a local bookstore.
Community input in this project is critical and on Friday, Leahy and Huizar introduced members of the project’s Community Advisory Committee, A.R.T.E.S, a consortium of local artists, as well as CityWorks Design, the design team that will work with the community and stakeholders on a design plan for the area.
Boyle Heights is undergoing unprecedented public investment. By 2009, Boyle Heights saw $1.4 billion in public improvements, including the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension, four new schools, a new police station, as well as several park and pool upgrades.
Speakers include Councilmember José Huizar, Metro CEO Art Leahy; Josefina Lopez (CASA 0101 Theatre), and Skira Cielo Martinez, Corazon del Pueblo Art Space.