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Local Winery Proposes Mixed Used Chinatown Development with Metro

The proposal would put a development between Gold Line tracks and Broadway Avenue | Photo by faria! via LAist Featured Photos
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As state officials figure out how to put a high speed train under or around Los Angeles State Historic Park (aka the "Cornfield"), another project surrounding the rare piece of downtown open space has been proposed. Owners of the nearby San Antonio Winery have proposed a public-private partnership with Metro, developing a mixed-use space on a thin steep strip of land between Metro Gold Line Tracks and Broadway Avenue (map), according to blogdowntown.

The idea is to bring more rail car storage capacity to Metro's system while adding development above. Specific details from winery owners the Riboli Family are unknown, but one idea is to create a special event station -- the Chinatown Station is very close -- to serve park events and Dodgers Games. It could be named after Tommy Lasorda, not just for his contribution to Dodgers history, but also his Italian heritage. The area, after all, was once L.A.'s Little Italy.