The City of Compton Community Redevelopment Agency planned to conduct a Downtown Compton Advisory Committee (DCAC) meeting on Tuesday, in the Community Room at the Compton City Hall, where they planned to present an exciting overview of several activities and projects that are either in-process or completed. While the meeting was postponed, the following was provided.
“In the midst of a major recession facing the nation, and the fiscal crisis confronting the State of California, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Compton, is spearheading the resurgence of a New Compton.” Dr. Kofi Sefa-Boakye, Director of the City of Compton Community Redevelopment Agency said. Several projects are completed and others will be completed within the next few months that will be welcomed additions to Compton’s landscape.
The first item on the agenda was Assembly Bill 26, the Governor Jerry Brown initiative that abolishes all Redevelopment Agencies throughout the state. It was immediately followed by a discussion of Assembly Bill 27 that allows redevelopment agencies to pay the State of California to continue the operation of their Redevelopment Agency. The City of Compton adopted the AB 27 ordinance and is moving ahead with their redevelopment projects.
One of the completed projects, the LINC Housing Project had its Grand Opening on October 24, 2011, with the opening of the Seasons Senior Apartments at Compton, a $25 Million, and award-winning Senior Housing Development. It is an 84-unit affordable rental community for seniors 55 years and older on limited incomes
The Seasons at Compton was awarded the 2011 SAGE Award for the Project of the Year by the 55+ Housing Council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California. It was also used as the Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) Redevelopment Institute Project case study for redevelopment 101. And in addition, the project was featured in the CRA Association publication in the November/December, 2011 Issue.
Another completed project presented at the Tuesday meeting was the Willow Walk Homes project which is already sold out.
Another major project, the MLK Transit Center, it was announced, is scheduled for completion next month. While another major project, the Senior Activity Center/ Parking Structure will begin construction at the same time.
The 10,000 square feet martin Luther King, Jr. Transit Center, located in Downtown Compton, is 90 % complete and the Grand Opening is now scheduled for December, 2011. It features a 14-feet wide pedestrian walkway connecting it to the Metro Blue Line, a new passenger pick-up and drop-off area, and a canopy covered passenger waiting area, in addition to other amenities.
Two additional projects are slated for completion and opening in January, 2012. The Greenleaf Parkway Project, located at Greenleaf Boulevard and Wilmington, north of the Walton Middle School, will host its Grand Opening in January, 2012. If features walking trails, outdoor exercise equipment, open green space and picnic areas.
The Olympic Park Restoration Project is also scheduled for completion in January, 2012. The southern entry to the City of Compton’s facelift is nearly complete. It will feature new Olympic rings, new landscaping and a Gateway Town Center entry.
Finally, the long-awaited Senior Activity Center/Parking Structure will break ground on December 7, 2011. It will feature multiple activity, purpose and conference rooms as well as an indoor courtyard, exercise room, lounge areas, and kitchen, to name a few.
“Whether the days are bright or overcast,” Sefa-Boakye said. “The center will be a perfect place for Compton’s senior community. It will have music, billiards, crafts, an exercise room, along with dozens of additional amenities living up to the promise to give Compton a new vision, a new look, and new opportunities.” He concluded.
The community is invited to the Ground Breaking Ceremony on December 8, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.