Metro Customer Center to Close, Make Way for Purple Line Staging

Say good-bye to the familiar Metro Customer Center at Wilshire and La Brea.
Say good-bye to the familiar Metro Customer Center at Wilshire and La Brea. (Photo credit: GoogleMaps 2014)

The Wilshire/LaBrea Metro Customer Center will permanently close on Friday, June 20, and will reopen in a new location at the Red/Purple Line’s Wilshire/Vermont station on Tuesday, July 1. The Metro Lost and Found will also relocate and be near the Gold Line’s Heritage Square Station.

The new addresses are as follows:

  • Wilshire/Vermont Customer Center: 3183 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 174, Los Angeles, CA, 90010
  • Heritage Square Station Lost and Found: 3571 Pasadena Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90031

Once the Center is closed, construction of the Metro Purple Line Extension will jump the curb. As the Larchmont Buzz reported over a year ago, the buildings on the north west corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, including the Metro Customer Service Center and the former Blockbuster Video, will be demolished.

A good portion of the block, on the northwest corner of the busy intersection, will become the Metro staging and laydown area. The mining shaft will be dug on this lot, so it is expected the tunnel boring machine will operate out of here too. The escalator entrance to the future Metro stop will be built directly under the current building, with an elevator entrance just to the west. Metro will also raze the Lawrence of LaBrea rug store immediately to the north, and reconfigure the alleyway.

The underground LaBrea station when completed will extend 250 feet to the west of LaBrea and some eighty feet deep. The station will have an arched ceiling.

Directly across Wilshire, the Bank of America lot will also be used as a staging area.

5301 Wilshire Blvd   Google Maps
Metro staging will further take over this corner of La Brea and Wilshire.

 Larchmont Buzz: Wilshire Neighbors Bemoan Subway Construction Noise

Link to PDF:  Westside Subway Extension Project, Section 1 Contract C1045 | Geotechnical Data Report –Wilshire/La Brea Station

 

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