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Video: How Metro's Tunnel Will Connect To DTLA's Hip New Shopping Center

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A video shows how we'll eventually be able to hop off the subway and emerge inside The Bloc. The Bloc, formerly Macy's Plaza, is in the middle of a makeover. They ripped the roof off in May as part of a $180 million renovation that also includes taking down the concrete walls hiding the complex from the city, thus transforming the development into an accessible destination that feels part of, not separate from, the downtown streets. A part of improving walkability includes connecting the retail destination to the Metro system.

A new video from Metro shows how the 7th St/Metro Center—which allows access to Red, Purple, Blue and Expo Lines—will connect to The Bloc.

Macy's will continue to be a major tenant within the Bloc, as will the renovated Sheraton Hotel. An L.A. outpost of Austin-based cinema/restaurant/bar Alamo Drafthouse and a replica of hot dog stand Tail o' the Pup are also slated for the space.

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The Bloc is scheduled for completion in 2016, and new tunnel should be ready by late 2016, says Metro's The Source.

Metro is also currently working on a plan to connect the Expo Line to the Gold Line. The Little Tokyo/Arts District Station will close on January 8 for construction, and will remain closed for three months.