Long-idle downtown LA lot sold to city for park

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thirty-seven years after a downtown Los Angeles state building was torn down due to earthquake damage, the 1.9-acre site has been purchased by the city for another civic center park.

The California Department of General Services said Monday that the city bought the property for about $7.5 million.

The lot at 1st Street and Broadway near City Hall once was the site of a 13-story state building that was damaged by a 1971 earthquake. In 1976, it was torn down, and for decades since then the footprint of the former building has been an odd sight.

The property is adjacent to the civic center's new Grand Park, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says in a statement that he's glad the blight will be removed.