DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES —  After years of delays, the potentially transformative Blossom Plaza project in Chinatown is slated to get underway in May.

Monica Valencia, a spokeswoman for First District Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district covers Chinatown, said a groundbreaking ceremony will take place by the end of the month for the project at 900 N. Broadway that will replace the shuttered Little Joe’s restaurant.

Update: Actual construction is slated to begin by August.

The $95 million development includes about 240 market rate and affordable rental units, 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a 175-space parking garage and a public plaza that would connect Broadway to the Gold Line Station.

Representatives of development firm Forest City, which replaced the original developer, Bond Companies, in November 2011, have said  envision opening the project in late 2015. Blossom Plaza has been in the works in one form or another for nearly a decade.

 

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