Los Angeles Koreatown To get New Gateway Monument

kpopluv, March 19, 2015, 4:45 p.m.

The Olympic Gateway, a long-projected landmark for Los Angeles’ Koreatown, as well as the Madang project at Da Wool Jung, are expected to begin construction as soon as mid-May.  The projects were approved for contract extension last year by city’s Designated Local Authority and are expected to cost about $2.8 million.

The Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles and the Korean American United Foundation are working with Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, a community revitalization organization, to receive an R-permit from the city to build the projects.  Lee Chang-yeob, head of development, said both projects are awaiting permits, after which construction companies will be found to begin building, he said.

The Gateway will be installed as an arch at Olympic Blvd. and Normandie Ave. next to the Korean Pavilion, Da Wool Jung. The landmark, the design of which was taken on by John Friedman and Alice Kimm Architects, is expected to cost about $1.24 million.  The Madang project, to be located just outside the pavilion, is a plan for a public park for the community. SQLA Inc. will oversee the project with hopes of showcasing traditional Korean beauty in nature.

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