Friday, September 20, 2013

LA Port to Hold Public Update on Waterfront Plans

The Port of Los Angeles plans to hold a public meeting at 6 pm Tues., Sept. 24 to update the public on LA Waterfront project initiatives, including recently completed projects, current projects and future plans.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in San Pedro.

“Over the past decade, we’ve made tremendous improvements along the LA Waterfront, transforming it into a visitor-friendly destination,” port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz said in a statement. “The purpose of this annual meeting is to provide the community with updates on our progress this past year and what is underway or on the horizon.”

Recently completed projects include Cabrillo Way Marina, the “Ghost Fish” art installation at the San Pedro Slip, the Catalina Express Terminal, parking upgrades at the World Cruise Terminal, restoration of Angels Gate Lighthouse and an all-new Plaza Park. Demolition of storage tanks along the Main Channel has also been completed.

Since the last annual waterfront meeting, the port has also welcomed the former battleship Iowa, which is now a floating museum, and "Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles," a large-scale craft marketplace.

Waterfront projects currently underway include the Wilmington Marina Parkway, the Downtown Harbor “water cut” promenade, design of the Front Street Beautification Project and increased vehicular signage and parking along the water’s edge.

Future projects planned to be discussed during the public meeting include the Wilmington Youth Sailing Facility, Avalon Triangle Park, the planned AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles urban marine research center and redevelopment plans for Ports O’ Call Village.

The port says there will be a public comment period to offer feedback and ask questions.