The Century Redevelopment Project Area was established in July, 1981 to address issues related to the prevalence of deteriorating conditions and under-utilization of a large part of the area, particularly properties along the major corridors. Some of the more critical issues centered on dilapidated housing stock, lack of investment, numerous vacant properties and buildings, inadequate public improvements, high crime rates, and substandard traffic and circulation improvements. Since its creation, the Century Project Area has been amended four times. The most recent amendment occurred on February 26, 2002 to expand the existing boundaries of the Project Area.
The Century Project Area is generally bounded by Manchester Boulevard, Prairie Avenue, 102nd Street, and Crenshaw Boulevard. It encompasses approximately 483 acres of land and contains a mix of residential, commercial-retail, and industrial land uses.