HOLA performing arts and recreation center renderings by project architects Berliner Architects and EDI Architecture, Inc.
LADF Allocation    $2,750,000
Total NMTC Funding    $14,550,000
Total Project Cost    $15,122,000
Permanent Jobs Retained  -  54
Permanent Jobs Created  -  12
Construction Jobs Created  -  280
Square Footage Added  -  25,000


Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) is building a new state-of-the-art Arts and Recreation Center in the Westlake neighborhood. HOLA provides underserved youth in Los Angeles with free, exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.

“This new center will provide hundreds more families each year with the hope and opportunities they seek to realize their dreams,” says HOLA CEO, Tony Brown.

The new Center will consist of modular structures, the majority of modulars built from single use shipping containers which have been converted to custom-designed activity rooms, community rooms, music rooms and creative lab spaces. Innovatively using containers drastically reduces the overall construction period while these recycled structures meet some of the highest “green standards,” greatly enhancing the building’s energy efficiency and reducing HOLA’s operating costs.

As a result of innovative public/private partnership, HOLA will be able to ensure that families are able to access critical programs and services, STEAM classes and a variety of recreational opportunities. With more than 300 families on the waitlist quarterly, HOLA will be able to increase their capacity to serve the Rampart community by 74%.

The New Arts and Recreation Center is slated to open by Summer 2018.