In early 2016, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles received a major philanthropic gift from developer Leonard Hill to fund the design, construction, and programming of an arts plaza beneath the new Sixth Street Bridge. The gift includes funding for a stage and a public performing arts series, features that will draw valuable recreational and community-building opportunities to the area. The new bridge, designed by HNTB and Michael Maltzan, is scheduled for completion in 2019, with arts plaza programming beginning the following year.
Leonard Hill is a founding partner of Linear City Development, a native Angeleno, and a longtime television producer. He helmed such notable developments as the Toy Factory Lofts and Biscuit Lofts residential adaptive reuse projects, both linchpins in the renewal of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District neighborhood. Hill’s $1.9 million gift demonstrates the potential for public-private partnerships to transform city centers for the better.