City Council signs off on developer for high-profile Lincoln Heights Jail redevelopment

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The Los Angeles City Council today approved a developer that beat out two other finalists in a bid to redevelop the Lincoln Heights Jail along the Los Angeles River.

The winning developer, Lincoln Property Company, proposed the Lincoln Heights Makers District—a collection of commercial and manufacturing spaces, a public market, creative office space, live-work housing, green space with an amphitheater, recreation space, and a communal rooftop space.

Designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Lincoln Property’s project will include the adaptive reuse of the 1930s-era (likely haunted) jail building. The developer has also combined the jail site with a property across the street that they already own, where “they intend to build additional affordable housing and commercial office space,” city documents say.

The developer has also agreed to create a greenway from the project’s site to the Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park station nearby.

The City Council voted to proceed with Lincoln Property Company’s proposal, but is still working out some details, such as a development agreement and whether the developer will lease or buy the city-owned site.

The Art Deco-style jail was built in 1931 and added onto in 1949. Increasingly overcrowded, it was decommissioned as a jail in 1965. In 1993, it was named a city Historic-Cultural Landmark.

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