Boyle Heights’ residents to benefit from walkway, lush plants and trees and public art and entrance gate designed by artist Michael Amescua at newAir Treatment facility – greenspace will eventually connect to new Sixth Street Bridge and L.A. River
Councilmember José Huizar, Board of Public Works Commissioner Heather Marie Repenning, LA Sanitation, Bureau of Engineering, Bureau of Contract Administration, the Department of Cultural Affairs and community members celebrate the opening of the Air Treatment Facility and greenway space in Boyle Heights along the Los Angeles River.
The $17.8 million project is on a one-third acre site, located at the intersection of Mission Road and Jesse Street. The air treatment facility is a two-stage treatment facility that collects and removes sewer odors from the East Central Interceptor Sewer and North Central Outfall Sewer.
In addition to its use as an air treatment location, the site will also be home to the first ever LA River adjacent green space in Boyle Heights. The greenway features drought-tolerant plants, benches, and public art by renowned local artist Michael Amescua. Amescua, known for his public art at parks up and down the LA River, constructed silhouettes of animals, beautiful metal gates, and a “River Goddess” statue, highlighting the importance of the river in the city.
The Air Treatment Facility and the adjacent greenway are just the first in a series of major improvements along the LA River in Boyle Heights championed by Councilmember Huizar. Last summer, Councilmember Huizar secured $2.5 million in state Active Transportation funds to construct bicycle and pedestrian improvements next to the 6th Street Bridge.
Working with the Department of Transportation and LA Sanitation, the Bureau of Engineering will be constructing a new roundabout on the vacant city land next to the Air Treatment Facility.
Complete with dedicated bicycle and pedestrian connections to the new 6th Street Bridge and 7th Street, stormwater capture, and ADA accessibility, the location will become a new destination along the river.
“I’m very excited about the completion of this project and the vital green space it is bringing to the residents of Boyle Heights,” said Councilmember José Huizar. “Revitalizing the LA River and creating public gathering places and access along the new Sixth Street Bridge is one of my top priorities, and this will be the first of many projects that will be delivered to the area.”
“This project will improve neighborhood livability and provide new green infrastructure amenities for local residents, while supporting the Mayor's Back to Basics agenda for our City,” said Board of Public Works Commissioner Heather Marie Repenning.
This is the third City of Los Angeles Air Treatment Facility constructed. In 2011, two air treatment facilities were built in South Los Angeles: one on Jefferson Boulevard and another at the intersection of La Cienega Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard to treat odors from the East Central Interceptor Sewer and North Central Outfall Sewer.
“This project provides two important elements of improving the quality of life for local residents by collecting and treating the odors from the area sewer system and providing greenspace for the community to enjoy,” said LA Sanitation Director Enrique C. Zaldivar, P.E.
These permanent Air Treatment Facility projects are at strategic locations along the City’s major sewer lines working in partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, The Interveners, The City Project and the LA Waterkeeper.