DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - A groundbreaking is expected for a clean technology business incubator in the Arts District this year, with plans to open by June 2013, said Fred Walti, executive director of the project at 411 Hewitt St. The facility, to be built inside an existing structure, was conceived by a partnership between the now defunct Community Redevelopment Agency and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The CRA dissolution is not expected to impact the project, which is in the final design phase. The campus will house the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, which will encompass a group of clean technology companies working with processes related to sustainable uses of natural resources. The DWP paid $11.1 million for the building on the block bounded by Hewitt, Colyton, Fifth and Palmetto streets. A temporary 3,500-square-foot facility is now open nearby. City and LACI officials are trying to secure public funds to turn an adjacent parking lot into a park. At laincubator.org.

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