The 82-year-old Watts train station, once a major railroad depot and a stop on the Pacific Electric "Red Car" line, will be restored and used as a small museum and office.
The restoration, expected to begin this month, will be financed through a $100,000 grant from the state Office of Historical Preservation and $210,000 in matching funds from the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, the CRA said.
The restoration is planned in conjunction with the construction of the Long Beach-to-Los Angeles light-rail system. The station won't serve any major railway, but will be adjacent to a parking area and boarding platform for the light-rail line, the CRA said.
The depot, located at 1690 E. 103rd St. in the Watts Redevelopment Project, was designated as a Los Angeles Cultural Monument in 1965 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It is vacant and needs extensive repairs.