Olvera St Building project

While the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is a popular stop for tourists, the attraction and the surrounding neighborhood has been largely ignored amid the Downtown development boom.

That could soon change, thanks to an ambitious mixed-use development plan that aims to activate the area with housing, shops and restaurants.

The proposed development is a partnership between the County of Los Angeles and the La Plaza de Cultura y Artes Foundation, which operates a museum and cultural facility on Main Street across from the El Pueblo plaza. It will essentially connect El Pueblo to Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial, a small hillside park and monument at 430 N. Hill St., by extending the “historic paseo” and surrounding it with shops, eateries, cultural and educational spaces, greenery and housing.