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$100-million complex to replace former Chinatown fixture
$100-million complex to replace former Chinatown fixture

After a decade of delays, a $100-million real estate development in the heart of Chinatown is getting underway as the changing neighborhood catches a wave of investment sweeping through downtown Los Angeles. Work began this month on the Blossom Plaza apartment and retail complex that will take over the space formerly occupied by Little Joe's, an Italian restaurant and bar that was once a beloved fixture on North Broadway. The eatery has been closed for 15 years, and its shabby-looking building and parking lot have long been considered a blight on the community's main thoroughfare. On Oct. 21, developer Forest City Enterprises will start demolishing Little Joe's to make way...

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