LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Last year the organizers of L.A.’s bid for the 2024 Olympics surprised and excited many with the concept of building an Olympic Village on the Piggyback rail yard next to the L.A. River. But today the organizers announced a change in plans. Instead of housing thousands of athletes and staff next to the river in Lincoln Heights, the Olympic Village would be located at UCLA in Westwood if the games come to Los Angeles.
Building the Olympic Village on the rail yard would have been part of ambitious efforts to restore sections of the river and encourage development of new parkland, housing and commercial activities. But the concept would have also cost at least $2 billion if not more to finance, and many raised concerns about whether the site could be cleaned and prepared in time. Also, Union Pacific had not indicated whether it would sell the property.
Los Angeles is competing against Budapest, Paris and Rome to host the 2024 Summer games. A final decision won’t be announced until next year.
During the 1984 Olympics, the games used UCLA and USC to house the athletes and coaching staff.
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