A new specialty shopping center is not particularly newsworthy in most parts of Los Angeles: In Boyle Heights it is.
When the $7-million, 80,000-square-foot Plaza del Sol opens next fall at 1241 S. Soto St.--just north of the Sears store at Olympic Boulevard and Soto Street--it will be the biggest and best shopping area in this predominantly Latino part of the city, according to Steaven Jones of Steaven Jones Development Co., co-developer with McNeill Enterprises. The McNeill firm developed the Sherman Oaks Galleria shopping mall.
"The ambiance will be somewhere between the Ports O' Call Village (a waterfront specialty center in San Pedro) and Olvera Street," he said. "It will be a tourist attraction as well as a place to shop."
Elevated Parking Facility Hill Pinckert Architects of Irvine created a Mexican-style design reminiscent of Plaza del Sol in Guadalajara, Mexico, he said. The two-story, air-conditioned mall will feature interior dining courts, second-story skylights, landscaped walkways, escalators and elevators. There will be elevated, secure parking for 200 cars on the site.