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Wilshire Center District Team’s Activities

The landscape crew for the District's Wilshire streetscape continues to maintain all 15 medians and about 150 flower pots along Wilshire Blvd. The work consists of removal of trash, trimming of plants, watering of plants, repairing the sprinkler system, and replacing damaged plants.

Last quarter, the sidewalk maintenance team collected 3,152 bags of trash (72,496 lbs.), dispensed approximately 4,000 doggie bags, removed 18 bulky items, and removed 32 graffiti tags on sidewalk pots, poles, and news racks. The crew is out every Monday and Thursday sweeping the sidewalks, picking up trash, clearing gutters and painting out graffiti. The team empties over 60 trashcans throughout the District. The clean team has been working very closely with the bike team to identify high needs areas.

Last quarter, the bike team assisted the City in getting over 557 bulky items picked up, made 146 calls/reports to the City for street services (311), assisted in getting 743 graffiti tags cleaned up, and 15 potholes reported and fixed. The team responded to 324 calls for assists to property owners, managers, stakeholders, pedestrians, LAPD and others. They issued 7 illegal vendor warnings, assisted 192 homeless individual and removed 418 illegal signs. The team addressed the subject of 94 belligerent transients and 12 drinking in public. The team captain attended 5 LAPD crime control meetings and attended the quarterly WC/K Business Watch meeting.

The WCBIC continues its efforts to work with the HOPE Team, LAHSA, DMH, CD10, CES and others to continue addressing homelessness in the District.

recycLA Program

The City of Los Angeles launched the recycLA program late last year. This public-private partnership hoped to offer customer-friendly and efficient waste and recycling services to commercial and multifamily buildings. The program was part of the City's commitment to enhance air quality, traffic and overall cleanliness.

However, some property owners have had difficulties with the way the program has been set up, and it is currently being looked at for structural improvements and overall customer services issues. If you are having issues with the recycLA program please call 1-800-773-2489 and ask for a Joint Site Visit.

Audrey Irmas Pavillion

Plans for Wilshire Boulevard Temple's new community gathering place, designed by the world-renown firm Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and its partners Shohei Shigematsu and Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas, were submitted for approval to the City of Los Angeles earlier this year, revealing the initial design and the first rendering. The new building will break ground later this year with plans to open in 2020. Named Audrey Irmas Pavilion for its lead donor, whose $30 million gift for the project launched the capital campaign in 2015, the building will be in dialogue with the congregation's 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary located on Wilshire Boulevard, midway between the County Museum of Art and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The design is an expression of respect to the surrounding buildings—the west façade slopes away from the existing temple while leaning south away from the historic school. The subtle expression simultaneously reaches out toward the main urban corridor of Wilshire Boulevard to establish a new urban presence. The 55,000-square-foot building will accommodate events for the congregation and the community, such as weddings, bat and bar mitzvah celebrations, conferences and gaand other events and meetings. It will also be used for cultural programs and large-scale support for those in need, such as hot meal programs and medical clinics. The Pavilion will have a meaningful civic presence, bringing an important architectural structure to Wilshire Boulevard. The budget for the building project is $85 million.

Platform 35 Market Hall

All aboard, foodies! Enter Platform 35 Market Hall and you will be "transported" into a train station. Platform 35 Market Hall is a dining concept spotlighting the many diverse flavors of Los Angeles under one roof. Through a dynamic blend of fast-casual and farm-to-fork restaurants, Platform 35 is making the Wilshire Center District the new go-to spot for lunch, dinner, and everything in between! Platform 35 Market Hall pays tribute to the community by bringing together the local food, art, architecture, and a history of one of the
most important streets in Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard. At Platform 35, they pride themselves on their renowned chefs and their delicious cuisines. Conveniently located on the Metro Purple Line, Platform 35 offers eight dynamic restaurants and a craft beer and tapas bar to keep your appetite and schedule happy (and on-time)! Platform 35 is the perfect answer to your lunch cravings, after work happy hour, or dinner get-togethers on Wilshire Boulevard.

Platform 35 Market Hall is inspired by the history of Wilshire Boulevard. While developing our property, our visionwas to take you through the cultural development of Wilshire Boulevard. Each piece of art symbolizes a piece of the historic corridor, stretching from Downtown to the Sea. The California historic Mediterranean feel is spread through the architecture, indoor greenery, and design elements of the food hall. Platform 35 is inspired by the beautifully designed Art Deco Union Station. From the steampunk train parts, brass lights, steel panels, the dining area will make you feel like your waiting to catch your next train in a terminal. The space brings the new and old community together. Step in to our time machine and take a culinary ride!

Vendors include: Guisados, Cold Cocked Coffee Co., 8th Notch, BERLINS, Calibunga Fish Co., Mattoni Pizza Kitchen, and Lingho Chinese Cuisine.

People requesting city services (pothole repair, pickup of bulky items, graffiti removal, etc.) can call 311 or access the free smart phone application, MyLA311.

For more on the Wilshire Center BID visit facebook.com/wilshirecenter.

Video highlighting much of the work that the Wilshire Center Business Improvement District does on a daily basis was presented at the last Annual Membership Meeting.

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