LINCOLN HEIGHTS — The once block-wide empty lot on North Broadway between Thomas and Gates Streets is now a block-wide construction site. All that digging and hauling away of dirt is being done in preparation for the construction of a three-story complex that will include ground-floor shops and a county mental health and wellness center on the floors above.
A ceremonial ground-breaking was held earlier this summer for the project. It appears to be the largest commercial project to be built in Lincoln Heights in recent years outside of the L.A.-County-USC and USC Health Sciences campuses.
Two mental health facilities operated by the L.A. County Department of Mental Health in Highland Park will be consolidated in Lincoln Heights into the new Northeast Mental Health and Wellness Centers, said department spokeswoman Chung So. The county will lease about 40,000 square-feet of space for the centers, which will be operated by about 180 employees and volunteers.
The development by The Charles Co. is expected to be completed by the fall of next year. The company is currently looking for tenants to lease the ground floor commercial space.
Development of the site has been years in the making. According to a 2012 online city document, the City Council approved providing nearly $17 million of financial assistance to a previous version of the development then known as Las Villas Medical Office. It’s not clear, however, if that loan was ever made or being used for the current project.
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