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Compton Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Station

Compton Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Station

Assignment: Remodel the 1990 transit station converted from an old grocery store, and add bus fueling and washing facilities.
The site is located in the center of downtown Compton between a new 90-unit townhouse development and a 1960’s-era shopping center, and across the street from the city’s civic center. The line serving the station has a ridership of approximately 63,800 passing through the heart of this city daily. To reimagine this to provide a framework for a new transit-oriented community, cause additional economic development, and be a quality destination, the core team guided and assisted the city in successfully renegotiating the agreement with the county transit agency, utilizing the same funding. The new transit station reflects a futuristic design on a 180-foot-long plaza with a 540-car-parking structure, new bus bays and the city’s traffic management operations at the base of the building, and retail lease space to generate income for the city. The second floor overlooks the transit plaza and civic center and serves as office space for the traffic management staff.

Client: City of Compton, CA/Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Expertise: Architecture, Community Development, Funding

Recognition: 2013 Los Angeles Business Council Best Mixed-Use Award