El Centro to present redevelopment concepts at open house

This lot south of the main El Centro building is planned to become mixed-use transit-oriented development. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
On Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to noon, El Centro de la Raza will hold a community open house to present the finalist design teams for the redevelopment of El Centro’s south parking lot into a mixed-use, “transit-oriented development” project. The finalist teams will present their site redevelopment ideas and concepts based on feedback from last year’s community meeting, and also on El Centro’s program needs and desires.

The two finalist teams, SMR Architects/Glenn and Glenn Architects/DKA Architecture and Weinstein A|U/Jones and Jones, were selected from an initial group of five teams. According to El Centro de la Raza, this was due to their “extensive experience in multi-family design, childcare and community facilities, and prior work with diverse organizations and communities.”

All interested neighbors are invited to the open house. Lunch, translation services and childcare will be provided. If you will be eating lunch, RSVP by noon on April 27 to 206-957-4605 or execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org. El Centro de la Raza is located at 2524 16th Ave. S.

3 thoughts on “El Centro to present redevelopment concepts at open house”

  1. Thanks for posting Wendi! Can you do a reminder as we get closer to the day as well? We are hoping to have a big turnout. Just to clarify, what will be displayed will not be “El Centro’s concepts” since a design team has not even been hired yet. Rather, the design finalists will simply be presenting some hopefully exciting ideas for redevelopment of the site, in their quest to win the job. They were given guidance based on the community meeting last year, as well as El Centro’s program and open space desires. This will be the start of a long community conversation here on design so we really hope people turn out.

  2. These are impressive and talented architectural teams. They have created and restored some beutiful sites in this city. (the second team, especially, have excelled in creating culturally-rich community spaces) Hopefully, this will be an infusion of architectural style and bring more similar development.

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