What is the Grand Park Project?
The Grand Park is the first phase of the Grand Avenue Project. The 12-acre park will stretch from Grand Avenue at the Music Center to Spring Street at City Hall. Construction is set to begin July 12, 2010, with completion within 24 months.
Please read the list of prohibited items at Grand Park here.
How will employee parking be affected?
Beginning on the morning of Monday, July 12, the Grand Avenue vehicular ramps will be closed for approximately 15 months. Access to and from County Parking Lot 18 will be through the maintained Hill Street vehicular ramps, with operations for 24 hours a day, seven days a week; or via the Music Center employee entrance and exit to the underground drive-thru located on the eighth level of the Music Center parking garage.
The demolition of the surface parking lot west of City Hall will require the County employees currently assigned a parking pass under the County parking system to be relocated to the Court of Flags, Lot 10. County employees or members of the public who purchase a monthly public parking pass directly from the parking concessionaire will be able to find available parking at other nearby public parking lots. During the construction phase, ADA parking will be available at the Court of Flags, Lot 10 with a shuttle to and from the Foltz Center ADA accessible entrance on Temple Street.
How will access to the Hall of Administration and the Mall be affected?
A construction zone with barriers will be set up on the Mall, restricting foot traffic between the Hall of Administration and the Stanley Mosk Courthouse building. The Mall north escalator closest to the Hall of Administration will also be closed. As a result, employees who park in Lot 18 (upper and lower) or who walk from the Music Center garage will have to enter the Hall of Administration building through the basement entrance. Another option is the elevator located on the southwest side of the Hall of Administration, which connects the Mall to the garage.
To travel from the Hall of Administration to the Mosk Courthouse, employees may either take the tunnel from the basement entrance or the Mall south escalator located closest to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.
K-rails along the east side of Grand Avenue will provide a pedestrian walkway. Construction barricades will also be located around the perimeter of the construction site, beginning with Grand Avenue and proceeding eastward to Hill Street and around the surface parking lot west of City Hall. It is anticipated that the actual closure of the construction area will take two to three weeks.
Also, temporary changes will occur to Grand Avenue between Temple and 1st Streets. These temporary changes include: the mid-block crosswalk will be closed, the center left/right turn lane will become a north-bound lane only, and a pedestrian walkway will be provided on the east side of Grand Avenue.
Will Starbucks and the ATMs be open?
Starbucks will be open at the current or new location during construction and accessible ONLY from the Stanley Mosk Courthouse or from the south escalator located closest to the courthouse. The ATM machines will be operational during construction. The Bank of America ATM will continue to be located at its current location, and the LA Financial Credit Union ATM will be relocated to the Hall of Administration second floor.
What will be the scope of the project?
Phase I commencing July 12, 2010:
1. Fountain Plaza:
- demolition, redesign, re-engineering, and reconstruction of the existing vehicular ramps at the west end of the County Mall garage or eastside of Grand Avenue;
- permanent closure of the pedestrian walkway tunnels under Grand Avenue;
- restoration of the historic Arthur J. Will Memorial fountain; and
- new construction of a new one-story building for the relocation of the current Starbuck's Café, as well as ATM facility, public restrooms, and park support offices;
2. Performance Lawn:
- reconfiguration and enlargement of the lawn area for performances; and
- creation of a new Olive Tree Courtyard;
3. Event Lawn:
- relocation and engineering of vehicular ramp access to the secured parking at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center (Foltz Center) from Spring Street;
- reconfiguration of Americans with Disability (ADA) parking spaces immediately south of the Foltz Center;
- demolition of the surface parking lot;
- installation of an event lawn with high-performance turf;
- construction of a marketplace and event staging area to accommodate community markets, event loading, temporary parking, and pedestrian pathway; and
- refurbishment of existing hardscape walks, stairs, and site walls.
Phase II commencing in the Spring of 2011:
4. Community Terrace:
- redesign of the existing Court of Flags to include more garden and planting areas;
- installation of stairs, walkways;
- relocate or remove flags and monuments; and planted terraces to accommodate a grade change of approximately 15 vertical feet from the existing Court of Flags level to Broadway.