City, county officials break ground for major South LA Vermont-Manchester development


Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark-Ridley-Thomas (left) and LA Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington symbolically scoop shovels of earth to break ground for Vermont-Manchester Transit Priority Project.


Will erase eyesore left after the 1992 civil unrest, pillaging, fires to public facilities


LOS ANGELES (MNS) — Los Angeles County and City officials converged at blighted 4.2-acre property at the corner of South LA at Vermont Avenue and Manchester Boulevard, an eyesore for 28 years following the 1992 civil unrest — to break ground for a major development in the area.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington, and LA City Council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson, lead local stakeholders in launching the Vermont Manchester Transit Priority Project, Oct. 21, which will dramatically transform a two city-block dirt lot that has long been a neighborhood eyesore.

“This community has waited far too long for meaningful change,” said Ridley-Thomas. “But real change is finally here, with SEED LA to be followed by new homes, shops, a transit hub and job training opportunities.

“An empty lot that once represented chronic disinvestment is about to be transformed into a landmark of educational opportunity, economic development, and hope,” Ridley-Thomas said.

“Our region’s transit system is undergoing a once-in-a-generation transformation — presenting an immense opportunity for Angelenos to take part in building a more connected, more sustainable, more prosperous future,” said LA Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti. “With Measure M, the Los Angeles area will see hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the decades ahead, and the SEED school will connect students to these possibilities and place them on a path to successful, long-lasting careers in the transportation industry.” 


After acquiring the property through eminent domain, LA County, Metro and their partners kicked off the first phase of the development: the SEED School of Los Angeles County (SEED LA), the state’s first public boarding high school. The second phase, anticipated to begin construction in 2021, will include 180 affordable apartments, a Metro Job and Innovation Center, and community-serving retail stores.

SEED LA will focus on serving some of the most at-risk students from South LA and elsewhere in LA County, to prepare them for college and beyond. SEED LA will serve 400 students in Grades 9-12, selected through an admissions lottery weighted to prioritize students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, have an incarcerated family member, or have had contact with the foster care, child protection, or juvenile justice system. 

“A first-class education is invaluable and puts young people on a path to successful futures,” said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, in who’s Eight District the development will rise. “This SEED school will ensure students that will benefit from a 24-hour learning environment have access to it without needing to leave the South LA community.”

The inaugural class will arrive in August 2022.

Metropolis News Service.



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