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Go For Broke Plaza & First Street North Residences

On Tuesday, February 13th, 2024, LTSC held a groundbreaking event to celebrate the beginning of construction of Go For Broke Plaza & First Street North Residences, a project in collaboration with Go For Broke National Education Center. This project will truly be transformative for the Little Tokyo neighborhood and the residents and tenants it will serve. Here’s a look at the project by the numbers:

100%

With 248 units, this project will be one of the City of LA’s largest 100% affordable housing developments.

80

The number of permanent supportive units set aside for unhoused people, including homeless veterans. Intensive case management and on-site services will be available to residents to increase their self-sufficiency, financial capability and long-term stability.

11

Residents and community stakeholders met over the past 11 years to solidify a vision for the future of Little Tokyo (Sustainable Little Tokyo). This project is an embodiment of that vision–celebrating the identity and history of the neighborhood while ensuring a sustainable future.

40,000

The ground floor features 40,000 sq. ft. of commercial and retail space, prioritized for Little Tokyo legacy small businesses and community-based nonprofit and cultural institutions. This includes a new home base for GFBNEC, 120+ year old Fugetsu-do Confectionary, and Suehiro Cafe. With nearly one third of local businesses closing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and six in 2023 alone, a key component of this project is preserving legacy small businesses crucial to the neighborhood’s cultural identity.

140

Little Tokyo (the largest of four remaining “Japantowns” in the US) is celebrating its 140th anniversary this year! In a time when most ethnic neighborhoods are shrinking, the GFB Plaza & FSN Residences project restores some of the historic boundaries of Little Tokyo and creates a significant foothold for the future and sustainability of the neighborhood.

100/442

The entry courtyard of this project will incorporate the existing Go For Broke monument, which pays tribute to the World War II American veterans of Japanese ancestry in the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service. ‘Go for Broke’, a Hawaiian phrase meaning “to give it your all,” was the regiment’s motto.

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