LEIMERT PARK (CBSLA.com) — Community organizers celebrated Friday after the construction of a new, underground light rail station in Leimert Park was approved.

The LA Metro board approved the funding for the station, which will be built along the 8.5-mile Crenshaw Boulevard to LAX light rail line. It is scheduled for completion in 2018.

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Community leaders in Leimert Park, which is the cultural center of L.A.’s African American population, have been trying to make the station happen for years.

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“When we all get to heaven, we’re going to shout that we have a stop at Leimert Park,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said.

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The project will be funded with $40 million from the city of Los Angeles’s Measure R share and $80 million from Metro.