Introducing... Centro Westlake

The Walter J Company has proposed the Centro Westlake Project, which would transform the Westlake / MacArthur Park station by adding much needed housing, new transit amenities, retail, hotel and an actively programmed plaza space showcasing local artisans and entertainment.

The proposed Project is a Joint Development project with LA Metro and is situated along Westlake Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and 7th Street, located above the Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro Station.

Map of Westlake/MacArthur Park Community

Centro Westlake will reflect the Westlake neighborhood–rich with culture, community, and history. Located above the Metro B (Red) Line, the location is already a natural gathering point in the community. Centro Westlake will encourage such gatherings and enhance community connections by creating access to housing, transportation, health and wellness services, and economic opportunities. Centro Westlake offers a mixture of affordable and market rate housing, vibrant retail, office, and hotel uses.

Illustrative Project Rendering - city block between 7th Street and Wilshire Bulevard and South Alvarado Street and South Westlake Avenue

The proposed project includes:

  • Much-needed housing, with a generous commitment to affordability.
    • 668 Apartments (234 income restricted units with long-term covenants)
      • 36 units for seniors – Section 8 Vouchers
      • 66 units at 30-50% AMI
      • 66 units at 50-80% AMI
      • 66 units at 120-150% AMI
  • A 300-room hotel that will offer Hospitality Industry Training through a partnership with Unite HERE! Local 11.
  • Multi-level pavilion with exciting dining and retail opportunities.
  • New office and medical office space.
  • Space, programming for community services and business resources.
  • Retail space, with a significant portion reserved for minority-owned businesses and for businesses that are owned and operated by Westlake/MacArthur Park stakeholders.
  • A community plaza, designed as a cooperative “Marketplace for Local Artisans” that will feature the work of local artists, craftsmen, performers, entrepreneurs, including space for street vending stations and kiosks.
  • Multimodal mobility hub along with ample parking.
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Illustrative Project Rendering - Aerial view of the Centro Westlake Project site with building callout labels

Community Support

Commitment to Community

Centro Westlake invited the community to be part of the process as meetings were held to coincide with project updates to inform and gather feedback from stakeholders about the project’s progress. Throughout the approximately two years of program outreach, Centro Westlake hosted 6 community workshops and 8 PATF meetings. Each meeting offered multiple stations staffed with project team members to share updates and field attendees’ questions. Stations offered interactive project boards for attendees to share feedback and comment on project plan announcements.

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The Centro Westlake team has maintained continuous communication with community stakeholders through a targeted stakeholder database including over 100 contacts of community organizations, non-profits, businesses, government organizations, schools and individuals who are notified of all updates and events relating to Centro Westlake.

The Project Advisory Task Force (PATF) included a cross section of stakeholders such as City, County, and agency leaders, local nonprofit organizations, local business owners and other relevant stakeholders. PATF and community workshop topics included the ENA Process, Project Overview, Plaza Programming, Design Goals, Planning Principles, Site Plan Updates, Art Programing, Affordable Housing, Stakeholder Feedback and Final Design Reveal. Meetings included a mix of presentations and conversations allowing for a back and forth between the Centro Westlake team and community members.

In between meetings, the project team shared project updates, conducted 341 surveys in the Westlake/MacArthur Park area, and organized Community giving events of food distributions, toy drives, school supplies distributions, and Thanksgiving Turkey giveaways. The evolution of the project is a culmination of approximately two years of ongoing outreach with local stakeholders, local community-based organizations through community workshops and a Project community advisory board known as PATF (Project Advisory Task Force).

Project Improvements Based on Stakeholder Input

  • Enhanced visibility and access to Metro and bus stops from all directions.
  • Plaza activated with transit supporting retail and community serving functions.
  • Clear sight lines and building geometry to support security.
  • Parking/service access contained within buildings with access from Westlake and alleys.

Project Partners

Illustrative Project Rendering - People walking near the Metro bus station by the Centro Westlake Project site

Walter J Company and
Walter “Dr. J” Jayasinghe

Walter J Company is a strategic consulting and managerial company…


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