Prior to the development of this property, the South Los Angeles neighborhood in which Adams & Central is now located was identified as a “Food Desert” due to its lack of fresh food options. The people living in this area were purchasing foods only at corner stores and liquor stores, which contributed to higher food prices, and less healthy food options.
Meta Housing worked closely with the City of Los Angeles Councilman’s office, as well as the City’s Redevelopment Agency in order to identify a smart growth opportunity which would attract a grocery tenant to offer fresh foods to the people in this neighborhood. The project also brought new jobs to the community, as Fresh & Easy hired many individuals from the surrounding area. The project was financed using New Market Tax Credits, as well as 4% tax credits and bonds.