City of South Gate Firestone and Atlantic Station Station Area Plan

South Gate, California

Southern California Association of Governments

Lead Consultant


CD+A led a multidisciplinary team to develop a station area plan for the City of South Gate, funded by the Southern California Association of Governments Compass Blueprint program. South Gate is located in southeast Los Angeles County, along the proposed Eco-Rapid Transit Authority (ERTA) route that will link Downtown Los Angeles with Santa Ana. The station area sits at the intersection of two major streets, Firestone Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, between heavy industrial uses and residential neighborhoods. The exiting environment is highly auto-oriented, with poor quality sidewalks, street crossings, and bicycle infrastructure. However, bus transit service is provided along the major streets, a major City park lies within walking distance, and a new shopping center with street-facing retail and wide sidewalks is under construction across Atlantic Avenue.

Following market, transportation and land use analyses, CD+A conducted a well-attended, bi-lingual public workshop that yielded four community-driven station area scenarios, which CD+A condensed into two land use and transportation alternatives. CD+A led a study session with the Planning Commission to review the alternatives and then, working with an economic subconsultant, crafted a preferred concept and phasing strategy aligned with the transit corridor's timing.

The preferred concept features a transit station and intermodal plaza along Atlantic Avenue with three phases of development, including a mix of multi-family residential, office, and community uses along with surface and structured parking. Public space improvements include street trees and landscaping, pedestrian-scaled lighting, improved crosswalks, and a multi-use path along the rail corridor. The concept illustrates a community-supported and market-feasible strategy to create an attractive, walkable environment linking the existing community, the new shopping center, and the potential station area development with the future transit station.

The City Council unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the plan in April 2013.