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Assistance for Small Businesses on Crenshaw Boulevard

Posted by Naomi Iwasaki, Mobility Policy Analyst on February 11th, 2015

Photo credit: Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project

With the ongoing construction of the $2.1 billion Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, business as usual on Crenshaw Boulevard and surrounding areas has been interrupted. In response to concerns from local businesses Metro has opened a new Business Solution Center (BSC) to provide free case management services and business assistance for small businesses along the Crenshaw Corridor. The BSC program also includes a Business Interruption Fund (BIF) that provides financial assistance to small businesses that may suffer financial losses due to project construction. Qualifying businesses with 25 or fewer employees can be awarded up to $50,000 annually in financial assistance.

The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Transit light rail line is expected to open in 2019. It will feature eight new Metro stations, connect the existing Expo and Green light rail lines, and finally create a transit connection to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The project represents a rare infrastructure investment in South Los Angeles and will continue the region’s efforts to provide alternative transportation options for residents and workers. While the light rail line is expected to reduce traffic congestion and bolster economic and community development along the route, the BSC and BIF are efforts to prevent commercial displacement and retain the local culture and businesses of South Los Angeles.

The BSC is located at 3450 Mount Vernon Drive and open Monday – Friday, 9:00a – 5:00p. A satellite office is located at 510 S. La Brea Avenue in Inglewood.

For more information, visit the Business Solution Center new web page at: [www.metrobsc.net/crenshaw]. For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit light rail, visit: [http://www.metro.net/projects/crenshaw_corridor]