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DOWNEY : FOCUS : Hotel at the Hub

Community Profile

September 11, 1986

The eight-story Embassy Suites Hotel along Firestone Boulevard stands in the heart of Downey's business district. The $15-million, salmon-colored hotel is considered the cornerstone of redevelopment in Downey by city officials who say an improved Firestone Boulevard is essential to revitalize the city's dying commercial district. The 220-room hotel, which opened in December, is surrounded by construction sites for new office buildings, a restaurant, apartments and condominiums. Behind the hotel is the new civic center, which was completed in 1985. West of the hotel, a 30,000-square foot office building is being built, and in the southeast corner of the hotel's 4.6-acre lot a restaurant is under construction. The Firestone Corridor is one of three major redevelopment areas approved by the City Council in 1978 to bring in revenue and stimulate downtown development.

CITY SERVICES City Hall 869-7331

11111 S. Brookshire Ave.

Police (business) 869-7331

10911 S. Brookshire Ave.

Fire (business) 869-7331

11111 S. Brookshire Ave.

Post Office 923-5465

8111 E. Firestone Blvd.

Apollo Neighborhood Service Center869-4511

12458 Rives Ave.

In Emergency, Dial 911 GOVERNMENT City Council: James S. Santangelo (mayor); Randy Barb, Diane Boggs (mayor pro tem); Robert G. Cormack, Roy Paul

City Manager: Don Davis

Fire Chief: Ronald Irwin

Police Chief: Bill Martin

Area Lawmakers Congress: Augustus F. Hawkins, Democrat, 29th District; 4509 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90037; 233-0733; Glenn M. Anderson, Democrat, 32nd District; 300 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach 90801; 437-7665

State Assembly: Wayne Grisham, Republican, 63rd District; 13710 Studebaker Road, No. 202, Norwalk 90650; 929-1797

State Senate: Paul B. Carpenter, Democrat, 33rd District; 5400 Orange Ave., No. 203, Cypress 90630; (714) 952-3201

County Supervisor: Peter F. Schabarum, 1st District; Hall of Administration, Room 856, Los Angeles 90012; 974-4111

STATISTICS Population: 83,752

Area: 12.9 square miles

Incorporation: Dec. 17, 1956

Median household income: $26,721

Median home value: $88,409

Median age: 35.5 years

Racial/ethnic mix: white, 86.6%; black, 1.7% ; other, 11.8%; latino, 17.9%

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