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Joint Development - Boyle Heights

In November 2009, the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension opened and began providing new light rail transit service in the Eastside. Four stations on the extension were built in Boyle Heights: Pico/Aliso, Mariachi Plaza, Soto and Indiana. Immediately adjacent to or within close proximity of these stations are six sites that were acquired by Metro for station construction or construction staging that are now being developed as part of Metro’s Joint Development Program. These six sites are in different stages of the joint development process and additional details on each site can be found under Project Updates.

Metro is committed to community outreach and engagement throughout the joint development process. To this end, Metro formed the Boyle Heights Design Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) in 2014 to represent a broad group of community  stakeholders. The DRAC advises Metro on design issues of importance to residents, businesses, institutions and stakeholder groups in the project area; coordinates and acts as liaison between businesses, residents, property owners and Metro; and serves as a formal means through which community members are involved in the evaluation of the joint development project design for the six Boyle Heights project sites. The DRAC participates in the design review process for all project sites in Boyle Heights.


The six Joint Development sites in Boyle Heights are in various stages of the Joint Development process. Click on the sites below to learn more about each project. Stay up to date on project updates and receive notices for upcoming opportunities by joining our mailing list .

Mariachi Plaza Station

  • Site Map
  • Acres: 1.08
  • Location: Mariachi Plaza Station, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
  • Proposed Project (Lucha Reyes):
    • 60 affordable apartments targeted to low income families and young adults
    • 6,340 square feet of street-level retail facing Mariachi Plaza
    • A 6,000 square foot community garden
    • A 2,035 square foot Mariachi Cultural Center

In February 2016, Metro began a community engagement process to create community-driven Development Guidelines for the Mariachi Plaza site. The Development Guidelines were included in the Request for Proposals (RFP) for joint development of the Mariachi Plaza site, which was released in March 2017. Proposals were received in June 2017 and thoroughly evaluated based on their alignment with the community’s vision as laid out in the Development Guidelines.

On January 25, 2018, the Metro Board authorized entering into an 18-month Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with East LA Community Corporation (ELACC) for joint development of the Mariachi Plaza site. Full details on the proposed project and selection process can be found in the Board Report .

During the ENA period Metro and ELACC will further refine the proposed project and advance the development process.

Chavez/Fickett


On January 25, 2018, the Metro Board authorized entering into an 18-month Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with Abode Communities to explore joint development of the Chavez/Fickett site. Abode Communities was selected to develop the site from a group of proposers responding to a March 2017 Request for Proposals (RFP) for joint development of the site. The RFP included Development Guidelines for the site that resulted from a community engagement process started in April 2016. Full details on the originally proposed project and selection process can be found in the Board Report .

The ENA has allowed Metro and Abode to further refine the proposed project and advance the development process.  Since execution of the ENA, the developer has been discussing the grocery store space with interested operators and has been reviewing available affordable housing funding sources.  Community outreach regarding the project’s scope and design will commence in the 3 rd quarter of 2019.

Chavez/Soto

Metro and Abode Communities, the developer, are now parties to a Joint Development Agreement (JDA), which was approved by the Metro Board in late November 2017. Prior to executing the JDA, Metro and Abode were parties to an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement, where the parties explored the feasibility of the project, conducted community outreach, refined the project scope, obtained project entitlements and California Environmental Quality Act clearance, and negotiated the key terms and conditions of the JDA and ground lease that will provide for the construction and operation of the project.

Under the JDA, the parties continue have continued to refine the project’s design, seeking stakeholder input along the way, and Abode has worked to secure project financing. Note that we will keep stakeholder’s informed of any changes that are made to the project, if any, as we move forward. Once the design has been finalized and project financing is in place, Metro and Abode will enter into the for construction and operation of the project. The terms and conditions of the ground lease will be in accordance with the Metro Board’s November 2017 authorization. Metro anticipates that the ground lease will be executed inlate 2019 or early 2020. Full details on the terms of the JDA and ground lease can be found in the Board Report .

1 st /Soto

  • Site Map
  • Acres: 0.96 (0.67 acres on the southwest corner of 1 st and Soto Streets and 0.29 acres on the southeast corner of 1 st and Soto Streets)
  • Location: 1 st St/Soto St, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
  • Proposed Project (Los Lirios):
    • 64 apartments, 43 of which are planned to provide affordable housing to individuals and families earning 30-50% of the Area Median Income, 20 of which are planned to provide permanent supportive housing, and one of which will be a market-rate manager’s unit
    • 4,200 square feet of ground floor commercial space

Metro and the developer of this site, a joint venture consisting of East LA Community Corporation and Bridge Housing (Bridge/ELACC), are now parties to an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA), which has allowed the parties to explore the feasibility of constructing the proposed project on the site. Under the ENA, Bridge/ELACC has conducted extensive community outreach regarding the project and the parties are in the process of refining the project’s design. As currently contemplated, the apartments and the retail space, known as Los Lirios, will be constructed on a portion of the Metro Gold Line’s Soto station site and vacant Metro land located just to the south of the station. The developer also plans to refurbish the Peabody/Werden Historic Home, which is currently being stored on Metro’s 0.29-acre site on the southeast corner of 1 st and Soto Streets, and use it to house community serving uses

In April 2019, Bridge/ELACC submitted their entitlements application to the City of Los Angeles for the Los Lirios portion of the project. Bridge/ELACC anticipates receiving project entitlements, including a review of its environmental impact under the California Environmental Quality Act, before the end of the year.

While the City is considering the developer’s entitlement application, Metro and Bridge/ELACC will continue to refine the project’s scope and design, consistent with prior community input, and will negotiate and prepare a term sheet setting forth the key provisions to be included in a Joint Development Agreement and ground lease for the project.  Bridge/ELACC will also continue to put together financing for the project during this period.  The Joint Development Agreement will be executed by the parties following completion of the entitlement process by the City of Los Angeles and approval of the term sheet by the Metro board of directors.  The ground lease will be executed after execution of the Joint Development Agreement, once all requirements for construction of the proposed project have been met.

1 st /Lorena

  • Site Map
  • Acres: 0.7
  • Location: 1 st St/Lorena St, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
  • Proposed Project (Lorena Plaza):
    • 49 apartments; 24 of which are planned to provide supportive housing for homeless veterans, 24 of which are planned to provide affordable housing to veterans and their families with incomes at or below 50% of the Area Median Income, and one of which will be a market-rate manager’s apartment
    • 10,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space

Metro and the developer of this site, A Community of Friends, are now parties to an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA), which has allowed the parties to explore the development of the proposed project.  After extensive community outreach, the project was approved by the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council and the Metro-established Boyle Heights Design Review Advisory Committee in the summer of 2015.

The project has been on hold, however, since March 2016, pending the outcome various legal challenges brought by the adjacent property owner against the City of Los Angeles’ clearance of the project under the California Environmental Quality Act.  The latest challenge, a lawsuit, was resolved in the developer’s favor in May 2019, but is pending a possible appeal.

1 st /Boyle

Developer McCormack Baron Salazar finished construction on the project in the summer of 2017 and the residential units are fully occupied. The commercial space is still available for lease. Interested parties should contact Daniel Falcon, Jr. at 213.236.2680 or at Daniel.Falcon@McCormackBaron.com .


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