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Council to Apply for Grant to Help Fund Retail Center

September 02, 1997

In the continuing effort to revitalize MacArthur Park and the surrounding area, the Los Angeles City Council has approved a request from Mayor Richard Riordan to apply for a $3.4-million federal grant to help fund the park's Retail Project Center.

The Department of Commerce grant would be used to acquire two privately owned parcels of land, demolish an earthquake-damaged structure and begin construction of the retail center. The center will consist of a supermarket, a community area designed for small businesses, a weekly open market and a parking structure.

The grant, part of the federal Infrastructure Development Program, is expected to be approved, according to the mayor's office. The grant will be added to $14.4 million already earmarked for the project, which is scheduled for groundbreaking in late September.

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