Officials have halted some excavation on the site of a planned Mexican American cultural center after complaints about the removal of skeletal remains that have been unearthed there.
Miguel Angel Corzo, the chief executive of La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, released a statement on Friday saying "We believe it is in the best interest of both La Plaza and the larger community to put this section of our project on hold."
Fragile bones from dozens of bodies have been found on the site since October, buried beneath the surface in an area planned as an outdoor space and garden. Construction on the rest of the half-acre site where no remains have been found will continue, Corzo said.
The site is just south of the historic La Placita church in downtown Los Angeles, in the location of the city's first cemetery. That Catholic cemetery was officially closed in 1844, and Los Angeles Archdiocese officials say their records indicated that the bodies were removed at that time to another unspecified location.