Taylor Yard G2 Parcel Project Takes Next Step
On March 1, 2017, the City of Los Angeles purchased the Taylor Yard G2 Parcel for $60 million. Taylor Yard is a nearly 250-acre complex which was historically owned by Union Pacific Railroad Company and its predecessors. For the past eighty years, the site has been used for the fuelling and maintenance of trains moving to and from downtown Los Angeles. The G2 site is approximately 42 acres and sits adjacent to a soft-bottomed portion of the Los Angeles River in Cypress Park. This site is the “crown jewel” of the L.A. River Revitalization Plan adopted in 2007, and is reflected in the U.S. Army Corps’ Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study adopted by Congress in 2016.
On November 1st, a press release stated that the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works had approved the Bureau of Engineering’s selection of the consulting team for the project. The process for selecting the consulting team included a comprehensive review of the proposal, an interview, and a public presentation. The contract was awarded to the WSP USA, Inc. consultant team.
Moving forward, the first focus will be on assessing the remediation needs of the site. Detailed testing will be done to pinpoint the level and type of clean-up necessary to transform the site of former rail-maintenance to riverside habitat and recreational space for the surrounding community.
“Our goal is to provide access to the LA River as soon as possible,” added Gary Lee Moore, City Engineer. “We will be looking at finding ways to clean and open parts of the site, while doing remediation on other areas.”