Awarded the HUD/TIGER II Sustainable Communities
The City was awarded one of the
highly-competitive HUD/TIGER II Sustainable
Communities Challenge grants in November, 2010.
The $652,000 grant will be used for the Bergamot
Area Plan (Bergamot Transit Village and the
Mixed-Use Creative district) to achieve the LUCE
Vision for a high-quality, mixed-use creative
arts/entertainment transit village around the
new Expo Light Rail station.
The community-endorsed LUCE
vision provided the perfect synergy between
creating new housing, fostering creative arts,
supporting local jobs and creating a community
where walking, bicycling, and transit use can
provide real reductions in greenhouse gases and
combat climate change.
This grant cycle was a
collaboration of federal agencies with the
direction of President Obama that included
HUD/DOT/NEA (Housing & Urban Development,
Department of Transportation, and National
Endowment for the Arts).
For more information on HUD
and it's Sustainable Communities grant program,
On June 2nd, 2011, HUD
Secretary Shaun Donovan visited the Bergamot
site to support the correlation between the LUCE
vision and Federal goals for integrated housing,
land use and circulation planning.