New county building on Main Street open for business; waiting for green status

More than 250 county employees from the Community Development Center and the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles have moved into their new central headquarters on Main Street, a new facility featuring environmental building techniques.

The steel and glass facility measures 120,000 square feet and is made with demolished materials from the Edwards Atlantic Palace theater, which once stood on the same spot, according to the Community Development Center. Builders ground up and reused material from the theater as infill for the new building. The facility is designed to maximize fresh air and natural light, and the landscaping allows water runoff to be reused for plant feeding. According to the CDC, the agency building is expected to receive a LEED Gold certification, which means the facility will be recognized as a green facility by the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Another 250 county employees will move in at the end of December and the building will be fully operational on Dec. 26.

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