Restorative Justice

Non-profit developer Women Organizing Resources, Knowledge, and Service (WORKS) led an inspired design team of Omgivning, KFA, Studio-MLA, and BuroHappold to envision a new day for the Lincoln Heights Jail: Las Alturas. As one of three selected finalists by the City of Los Angeles, we presented our vision to the community in August 2017. More than a bricks-and-mortar adaptive re-use project, Las Alturas is the transformation of a former jail into the manifestation of justice. Las Alturas would benefit the site and community by providing design and programming to strengthen economic, social, and environmental health. We would provide much-needed housing, jobs, education, services, and retail and dining opportunities for those who choose to live in Las Alturas, for Lincoln Heights community members, and for all those who will come to this new economically sustainable transit- and river-oriented regional destination development.