In November 2009, the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension opened and began providing residents on the Eastside new light rail transit service which connected to a wide network of rail lines throughout the county. Four of those stations are in Boyle Heights: Aliso/Pico, Mariachi Plaza, Soto Station and Indiana Station. Immediately adjacent to the stations or within close proximity are various parcels of land that were acquired by Metro to either build the station or for construction staging. All of these properties have potential for joint development and some have been entitled or are in the entitlement phase. However, a number of properties will now be entering the community outreach and engagement phase for potential joint development. Through this process, Metro will work with the community and various stakeholders to gather input and formulate a vision for these sites.
Moreover, Metro has formed the Boyle Heights Transit Oriented Development Design Review Advisory Committee (“DRAC”) to represent a broad group of stakeholders. The DRAC is expected to (a) advise Metro on design issues of importance to residents, businesses, institutions and stakeholder groups in the project area; (b) coordinate and act as liaison between businesses, residents, property owners and Metro; and (c) serve as the formal means through which community members are involved in the evaluation of the design for the project sites. The DRAC will participate in the design review process for all project sites.
When the Red Line was originally planned for Boyle Heights, a number of the properties acquired for construction of the rail line had affordable housing units. While those earlier efforts were abandoned, and the Gold Line Light Rail Extension was built in its place, Metro was required to replenish this housing stock and provide funding to support the construction of 100 affordable housing units in Boyle Heights.
Metro met these mitigation requirements and these units are located in four housing developments in Boyle Heights:
- Paseo Del Sol – 7 units
- Lorena Terrace - 49 units
- Las Mariposas – 21 units on five sites in Boyle Heights
- The Boyle Hotel Apartments – 23 units
Cesar Chavez and Soto
- The proposed development, known as La Veranda, will have 77 units of affordable housing with 8,500 square feet of ground floor retail. The units will service individuals and families with 30-50% AMI. An Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with Abode Communities was approved by Metro Board in December 2015.
- Prior to obtaining the ENA, Abode had been actively engaging the community since March in order to obtain their input. They have held community meetings and focus groups as well as individual meetings with key stakeholders. In October, the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council approved the project moving forward with Metro for a full ENA.
During the ENA phase, which takes approximately 18-months, Abode will continue to engage the community and refine the project affordability mix and ground floor retail uses. The project went before the Boyle Heights Design Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) in March 2016 and will return with a revised design in June 2016. Metro has procured an urban design/architecture firm to facilitate the design review process through the DRAC.
Cesar Chavez/Soto: Project Overview
Project Information from Abode Communities
1st and Soto
- The proposed development, known as Los Lirios, will have 65 Affordable Housing Units with 5000 sq ft commercial space on the ground floor and 65 parking spaces. The developer is ELACC/Bridge Housing. The units will serve individuals and families with AMI of 30-50%. Additionally, there is a second parcel at the corner of 1st and Soto where the Peabody/Werden Historic Home will be relocated. Evaluation studies are being conducted to determine the feasibility of locating Los Lirios community space as well as other community uses in the structure.
- A full 18-month Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with ELACC/Bridge Housing was approved by the Metro Board in March 2016. See Board report here .
Since March, ELACC/Bridge Housing has been actively engaging the community in order to obtain their input. They have held community meetings and focus groups as well as individual meetings with key stakeholders. During the ENA phase, which takes approximately 18-months, ELACC will continue to engage the community and refine the project affordability mix and ground floor retail uses.
1st/Soto: Project Overview
Project Information from ELACC
Mariachi Plaza Station
- Metro, along with urban design and outreach team Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Perkins + Will, and DakeLuna, began a community engagement process to create community-driven Development Guidelines in February 2016. The initial meetings were very productive and well-attended. (see Past Meetings page for more information).
- The Development Guidelines were approved by the Metro board in January 2017.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) for joint development of the Mariachi Plaza Station site (PS39772) was released March 20, 2017 and is available for download through
Metro’s Vendor Portal
. Proposals for the RFP are due June 29, 2017 at 2 pm. Please note: all questions in connection to the RFP must be directed to Principal Contract Administrator, Ted Sparkuhl, at 213.922.7399 or
Cesar Chavez and Fickett
- Metro, along with urban design and outreach team Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Perkins + Will, and DakeLuna, began a community engagement process to create community-driven Development Guidelines in April 2016. The initial meetings were very productive and well-attended (see Past Meetings page for more information). The Development Guidelines were approved by the Metro board in February 2017.
- The Request for Proposals (RFP) for joint development of the Cesar Chavez/Fickett site (PS39762) was released March 20, 2017 and is available for download through Metro’s Vendor Portal . Proposals for the RFP are due June 29, 2017 at 2 pm. Please note: all questions in connection to the RFP must be directed to Principal Contract Administrator, Ted Sparkuhl, at 213.922.7399 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
1st and Lorena
- In March 2013, the Metro Board approved an ENA with A Community of Friends to develop affordable housing at this site adjacent to the 1st and Indiana Station.
- Through a community outreach process, project has been modified to include 49 units of affordable family housing with 10,000 sq. ft. of ground floor commercial space. 24 of the units will be offered as supportive housing for veterans.
- The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council approved the project by a vote of 15-1 in July 2015. Additionally, the project obtained the approval of the DRAC in August 2015.
Metro and the developer are working towards a Joint Development Agreement (JDA).
1st/Lorena: Project Overview
1st and Boyle
- This project is under construction and will provide 80 units of affordable housing for families earning 30-60% of Area Median Income when it is complete (est. first quarter of 2017). The project includes 3 bedroom units and is being developed by a McCormack Baron Salazar development entity (Santa Cecilia Apartments, L.P.) under a ground lease with Metro. McCormack Baron Salazar and its affiliated property management company, McCormack Baron Management, will occupy the project’s approx. 4,000 sq. ft. of ground floor commercial space as their Los Angeles office.
- The developer is now processing housing applications using a list created by lottery from a pool of over 2,000 applications that were received prior to the June 24, 2016 submittal deadline. The application process follows engagement by McCormack Baron Salazar with the community in the late spring and early summer of 2016 to solicit applications from qualifying families located in the project area.
- Fifteen large banners encapsulating the vision and artwork of young artists from Boyle Heights, East LA, El Sereno, Pico-Union and elsewhere adorn the construction fence surrounding the project. This temporary public art engagement project allows the artists to share their views of their changing neighborhoods and was produced under the guidance of Self Help Graphics & Art.
For more information on the 1st and Boyle project, contact Greg Angelo, Senior Director, Countywide Planning and Development, 213.922.3815
- 1st/Boyle: Aerial Site Map, Site Plan, and Project Rendering
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