DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Progress continues on the 10-year Bringing Back Broadway project spearheaded by 14th District City Councilman José Huizar. The environmental review for the Broadway Streetscape Master Plan, designed by the Downtown-based firm Melendrez, was completed in March. It aims to reduce lanes of traffic, create wider sidewalks, and add seating, lighting and pedestrian amenities to the corridor. The project has also lured numerous new businesses to the street known for a dozen historic movie palaces; they include Alma, a restaurant at 952 S. Broadway, Umamicatessen at 852 S. Broadway, the Downtown outpost of Two Boots Pizza at 828 S. Broadway and the Los Angeles Brewing Company at 750 S. Broadway. Ross Dress for Less, the discount retail chain, is set to open a store at 719-725 S. Broadway early next year while Oregon-based Ace Hotel is working on bringing a 180-room boutique hotel to the United Artists Theater at 933 S. Broadway. Huizar’s office is also working on a set of commercial reuse guidelines to activate the nearly 1 million square feet of vacant space above street level and a sign district for the street to preserve and reactivate the historic signs on the buildings. At bringingbackbroadway.com.
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