A Look at New Shopping Center coming to Jordan Downs

By Bianca Barragan
Construction is underway on the shops and supermarket at the Jordan Downs public housing project in Watts, and a new rendering by Nadel Architects offers an early glimpse of what residents can expect.

The shopping center is a vital part of the redevelopment of Jordan Downs. Opened in 1944, it hasn’t seen any new commercial development in more than 50 years, according to Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, whose district includes the public housing project.

Called Jordan Downs Plaza, the retail center will sit at Alameda and Century Boulevard, with storefronts encircling a central parking lot. It will hold shops, a grocery store, a gym, and dining options, along with “community living room”-inspired gathering areas and a “pedestrian-friendly” environment, says an announcement from Nadel Architects.

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