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August 12, 1994 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They've been hammering away for four days, those 100 volunteers working at a lot next to the Century Freeway south of Los Angeles. Most of them are rank amateurs who knew nothing about concrete forms or vinyl siding or plumber's tape a week ago. And most had certainly never set foot before in Willowbrook, where today they will finish constructing a new home for the Villegas family.
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April 19, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A $10-million proposal to build Watts' first industrial development project in 15 years suffered a setback when the city of Los Angeles formally ended its partnership with the nonprofit group that headed the development. The group, Economic Resources Corp., had been planning the industrial park on a 10-acre, city-owned parcel near Lanzit Avenue for more than five years but has been hampered by financial problems.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1995
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a long-term redevelopment project in Watts that will pump $37.2 million into a 245-acre area. City Councilman Rudy Svorinich, whose district includes most of the project, touted the plan as a way of drawing business back into the area. Scores of small businesses were burned out and looted during the 1992 riots. In the next five years, the agency will build about 22,690 square feet of commercial and retail space and spend about $1.
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August 9, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the desperate days that followed the 1992 riots, an empty, weed-choked lot near Lanzit Avenue attracted considerable hope. It was to be the site of the first industrial development project in Watts in more than 15 years. Instead, much like the neighborhood around it, the property remains neglected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996
Schoolchildren and local politicians broke ground Thursday at the site of the Watts civic center. The structure, at 103rd Street and Compton Avenue, will house branches of American Savings and the Community Development Bank, the district office of Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr., the Community Redevelopment Agency's Watts office, the city clerk's office and space for businesses.
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July 24, 1990 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Critics of a massive redevelopment project proposed for Watts sued the city Monday, claiming that it threatens to displace longtime residents to make room for commercial development. Even as the suit was being prepared, an aide to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley was seeking to allay fears of Watts residents that their homes would be lost to the $200-million project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1995
The first phase of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency's plan to turn a 10-acre strip of forsaken land surrounding the Watts Towers into a cultural oasis and tourist draw is moving forward. After four years of planning, contractor bids are being solicited to build the Watts Cultural Crescent Theme Park: a restaurant, retail and gift shops and an outdoor performance pavilion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1990
The Los Angeles City Council officially put on hold Tuesday a $200-million project to redevelop Watts, delaying plans to revitalize the economically depressed community until residents' fears of losing their homes can be allayed. The council voted 11 to 0 without discussion to rescind its previous approval of what would have been the city's biggest redevelopment project.
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November 6, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.5-million proposal to triple the size of the Watts library--a move that community activists say will bring much-needed educational resources to one of the city's poorest neighborhoods. The council's unanimous vote came after years of perseverance by the Friends of the Watts Library to establish a significant learning resource center in a neighborhood where many adults are deficient in reading skills.
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August 25, 1988 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
A huge economic development plan for Watts, proposing to redevelop more than 1,900 acres of decaying homes, apartments, small businesses, industrial sites and public housing projects, was given initial approval Wednesday by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency board.
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July 21, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What was a vacant lot six weeks ago in Watts is now home to a gleaming gray three-bedroom house. It's complete with all the amenities: plush carpeting, a washer-dryer set, a built-in dishwasher, even air-conditioning. And the yard is nicely landscaped, with grass and trees and delicate pink and purple flowers in a bed of mulch. The view isn't much--the front windows look out on Imperial Highway and the Century Freeway. But the price sure is right: as little as $500 down and about $800 per month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1998
Residents and city officials held a dedication ceremony at a Watts housing project Thursday to celebrate the success of a newly completed computer learning center. The center at the Imperial Courts projects was hailed as a place where people who cannot afford personal computers will have access to modern technology and the information superhighway. "The center is a great assist to our community," said Dewayne Holmes, a Watts community leader.
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May 15, 1998 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perhaps Watts was still suffering from the stigma of the 1965 civil unrest and the 1992 riots when city officials tried several years ago to sell the idea of a cultural and economic renaissance in the South-Central community. Or maybe, as one government official suspected, developers needed to see more "life and activity" in Watts before risking their money.
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December 30, 1996 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The redeveloped core of Watts has a sparkling new library, a glistening shopping center, hundreds of paint-barely-dry residences and a new youth center, complete with full-size basketball court. What it does not have is a restaurant. Of course, Watts has more than enough quick-serve hamburger joints and fried-food chain establishments, residents say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996
Schoolchildren and local politicians broke ground Thursday at the site of the Watts civic center. The structure, at 103rd Street and Compton Avenue, will house branches of American Savings and the Community Development Bank, the district office of Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr., the Community Redevelopment Agency's Watts office, the city clerk's office and space for businesses.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1996 | Times Staff Reports
Watts Next? A vacant lot at 103rd Street and Compton Avenue in Los Angeles will soon become the first office building constructed in Watts in decades. A partnership between Los Angeles real estate developer Thad M. Williams Associates and the Westminster Neighborhood Assn., a local community group, expects to obtain city building permits this week and begin construction in April on the two-story, $2.5-million structure.
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June 11, 1995 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cassandra and Orlando Warren were renters in Hollywood when they decided that the first house of their dreams would be a $150,000 two-story stucco in a new development in Watts. She is an administrative secretary, he is a sometime computer installer. Between them, they barely make $35,000 a year. To get the down payment, they worked overtime and extra time, and when they came up short, Cassandra pawned her diamond-studded wedding band.
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July 26, 1990 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Reacting to a storm of community protests, Mayor Tom Bradley pledged Wednesday to oppose any redevelopment plan in Watts that would displace homeowners. "The bottom line," Bradley said, "is if you live in Watts in a single-family residence, you don't need to fear losing your home. It won't happen. That is my commitment to you."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1995
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a long-term redevelopment project in Watts that will pump $37.2 million into a 245-acre area. City Councilman Rudy Svorinich, whose district includes most of the project, touted the plan as a way of drawing business back into the area. Scores of small businesses were burned out and looted during the 1992 riots. In the next five years, the agency will build about 22,690 square feet of commercial and retail space and spend about $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1995
A proposed redevelopment project intended to infuse new economic life into the Watts area will be considered at a public hearing today. The $37.2-million project, called the Watts Corridors Recovery Redevelopment Plan, would rebuild and refurbish some of the 18 buildings damaged during the 1992 riots and make other improvements on 245 acres of commercial and residential land over the next 30 years.
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