The Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committee (LVNOC) will host their second meeting to discuss Project S78 WO #E170305D. The meeting will focus on the design of the LA for Kids Program at Engine Company 23 Junior Arts Center. This project is funded by Proposition K.
All interested community members are invited to attend. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.
Proposition K requires that an LVNOC be established to advise the City on the design of each project. The LVNOCs meet to receive information on the status of projects, gather community input, and advise the City of their desires and concerns regarding projects. A committee is comprised of seven (7) volunteers, of which four (4) are appointed by the Council Office of the District where the project is located, while the other three (3) are appointed by the Department of Recreation and Parks.
The Bureau of Engineering-Recreational Cultural Facilities Division (RCFD) is responsible for convening and facilitating these LVNOC meetings. The role of RCFD staff at these meetings is to help coordinate and facilitate each meeting, and provide information and other support as needed.
Proposition K funds the acquisition, improvement, construction, and maintenance of City parks, recreation facilities, and other projects through an annual real property tax assessment on City residents over a 30-year period. Funding is for capital improvements and maintenance.
Please come and participate in the process!
What is this project and how will this project serve the community?
In the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, the Engine Company No. 23 Downtown Youth Arts Center is a Prop-K funded regional arts center with over 13,000 square feet of classroom and exhibition space for young people. The facility will be managed by the Department of Cultural Affairs as part of its Community Arts Division, joining the other 35 arts and cultural centers, performing arts theaters, historic sites, and galleries the Department currently oversees.
How is the project funded?
The building was one of the city properties identified in Proposition K, also known as the LA for Kids Program. The program was approved by City voters and established by ballot measure in 1996. $2.3 million was to be appropriated for its transformation.
What is the estimated construction completion date for the project?
The target date for estimated construction completion of the project is late Fall 2020.
When will the art center open?
The target date for the art center to open is January 2021.
What are Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committees?
Proposition K requires that three Local Volunteer Neighborhood Oversight Committees (LVNOCs) be held throughout the design phase. The LVNOCs are in place to advise the City on the design of projects.
Why are these neighborhood meetings required?
The LVNOCs meet to receive information on the status of projects, gather community input, and advise the City of their needs and issues regarding projects. A committee is comprised of seven (7) volunteers. Four (4) are appointed by the Council Office of the District that the project is in, and three (3) are appointed by the Department of Recreation and Parks.
Where can the community go to find more information about the project?
The project is under the purview of Department of Cultural Affairs and questions can be directed to its Community Arts Division Director, Leslie Thomas. Additional information about past meetings, the five (5) completed Prop K projects, and the three (3) remaining Prop K projects can be found on the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering website.