Public to Get First Look at Lincoln Heights Jail Development Proposals

August 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Three development team bids selected as finalists to restore and adapt the graffiti-covered city-owned Lincoln Heights Jail for a new use will get their first public airing during a meeting Thursday at the Goodwill Industries Auditorium in Lincoln Heights. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

The top three development teams – selected through the City of Los Angeles’ formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process – will present their proposals to a Community Advisory Panel appointed by the councilman for the area, Gil Cedillo. The panel is “comprised of diverse stakeholders representing the Lincoln Heights community and public sector,” according to an email from the councilman’s office. The public will be able to ask questions and submit comments at the meeting, which the advisory panel will use to make its final selection, according to Cedillo’s office.

A favorite canvass of taggers and graffiti vandals, the Lincoln Heights Jail is located on a prime patch of land off Avenue 19 near the Los Angeles River. It was built in 1931 and boasts an Art Deco design. In 1993, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission designated the building City Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 587), giving it local “Landmark Status.”

The city stopped using the facility as a jail in 1965, eventually making it available to house non-profit groups, including the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (BFA) and Lincoln Height Boxing Gym.

But the years have were not kind to the facility and it fell into serious disrepair. Besides the graffiti, there is lead and asbestos and potentially other contaminants in the building and surrounding land. The city permanently closed the facility in 2014, but is now hoping to breathe new life into the facility through its bidding process.

“A City technical panel comprised of city department representatives vetted the proposals based on RFP scoring criteria, and has identified the top three proposals,” according to the email from Cedillo’s office, which identified CIM Group, Lincoln Property Company and WORKS (Women Organizing Resources Knowledge and Services) as the three top development teams.

While the councilman’s office said they were unable to oblige EGP’s request to review the proposals ahead of Thursday’s meeting, they did say the “three proposals offer a different mix of uses for the jail property – including live-work units, commercial retail space, creative office, a mix of market-rate and affordable housing,” and put the private investment to be made in the multi-million dollar range.

Goodwill Industries Auditorium is located at 342 N. San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles 90031. For more information, contact CD1 Senior Planning Deputy Guy Gubatan by calling (213) 453-7001 or email him at gerald.gubatan@lacity.org.

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