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Early Renderings Revealed For Sixth Street Viaduct Park

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As the Arts District continues its make-over, preliminary plans for the 12-acre park around the new Sixth Street Viaduct have been revealed.

Last February, the 84-year-old previous viaduct was demolished to make way for the new ($482.2 million) bridge. The replacement viaduct should open by 2020. Urbanize LA notes that the proposed $22 million park will connect Boyle Heights to the Arts District through green space under the new bridge.

Meanwhile, developers seem to be announcing new projects in the Arts District almost every week (see: Onni, Atlas Capital Group, Greystar, V.E. Equities, et. al.).

Developer Leonard Hill, who passed away in June, donated $1.9 million last March to create the Leonard Hill Arts Plaza, which will incorporate a performance stage into the viaduct park, reports LA Downtown News.

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“We were looking for something to give back to the city,” Hill told Downtown News in March 2016. “I hope to give back to the city that gave me so much. ...That bridge can be an amazing signature for L.A. It’s not only beautifully designed, but as people have discovered more and more of that area adjacent to the river, there’s momentum to make it a great place.”

Beyond the viaduct park, talk of a master plan for the entire L.A. river designed by architect Frank Gehry continues to make headlines.

Also, along the north side of downtown, the Los Angeles State Historic Park is nearing completion.

"Lots of questions about the park opening," representatives for the park posted on Facebook. "Will post once we have it confirmed. Looking at dates in April. Thanks for your patience and interest."