Building the Boulevard – An Update

In the coming weeks, Destination Crenshaw will officially begin construction, and you may already be seeing some signs of that work on the boulevard, with our construction site headquarters going up at 46th and Crenshaw, the eventual location of what will be Destination Crenshaw’s iconic landmark, Sankofa Park.

The first step in the project’s construction will be the placement of a new storm drain, which we hope to have completed by Summer, and then we really get into it, so stay tuned for more updates.

The real question: What will this construction mean for you?

Well, Destination Crenshaw, has always been about community, and we intend to carry that through in the way we do construction. First and foremost, we are committed to building a team of carpenters, cement masons, electricians, operating engineers, painters, and plumbers among others that is made up of at least 70% local hires. That means this project will be built by people from our neighborhood.

We know that the Crenshaw corridor has been under intense construction for what is beginning to feel like forever, and we will try to limit further disruption to the community as much as possible. While we can’t promise there won’t be any, we are committed to communicating regularly so that our community is always aware of construction activities that will be popping up in relation to Destination Crenshaw in the coming weeks and months. To that end, as storm drain construction begins, you can expect a little less space on the road as concrete barriers go up, but no loss of lanes that would cause major traffic delays and hold up morning or evening commutes.

Also, we want to make sure Destination Crenshaw is always adding to the community, which translates into both big outcomes, like the public spaces that we’re building, but also small things such as making one of our construction site’s porta-potties available to our unhoused neighbors.

Getting to this point has been a journey that began with immense amounts of community input, and we couldn’t be more excited to finally be seeing this project, developed by the community, ready to come to life. And as we move forward, we will continue to seek community input, so stay tuned for more as we claim our spaces and build our block together.