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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

  • Site Map
  • Acres: 1.56
  • Location: Cesar E. Chavez Ave/Fickett St, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
  • Proposed Project (Chavez Gardens):
    • 60 apartments: 30 units of permanent supportive housing, 29 units for individuals and families earning 20-50% of the Area Median Income and 1 unit for manager
    • 25,000 square foot grocery store
    • 6,500 square foot open space, such as a community park
  • On June 25, 2020, the Metro Board authorized extending the term of an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with Abode Communities for one year plus an option to extend for an additional year. The ENA was entered into in 2018 for the 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 2018   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 Summer of 2020.

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:

    Site A: A 0.67 acre portion of the 1.08 acres of Metro property at the Metro L Line (Gold) Soto station on the southwest corner of 1st and Soto Streets

    Site B: 0.29 acres on the southeast corner of 1st and Soto Streets

  • Location: 1 st St/Soto St, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles

Proposed Project:

Site A 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 for formerly homeless families, and one of which will be a market-rate manager’s unit
  • 2,440 square feet of ground floor commercial space

Site B project (Peabody-Werden House):

  • Rehabilitation of the site's Peabody-Werden House for community-serving uses.

Metro and the developer of these Site A and Site B, a joint venture consisting of East LA Community Corporation and Bridge Housing Corporation – Southern California, are now parties to an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement and Planning Document (ENA), which has allowed the Metro and the developer to explore the feasibility of constructing the proposed projects.

Under the ENA, the developer has conducted extensive community outreach regarding the Site A (Los Lirios) project and the parties are in the process of finalizing the project’s design. In addition, developer-led community engagement continues with updates on this project’s design. As currently contemplated, this fully-entitled project will frame the Soto station plaza's southerly edge encompassing vacant Metro-land south of the plaza as well as a small portion of the plaza itself. Metro and Bridge/ELACC are currently preparing a term sheet setting forth the key provisions to be included in a Joint Development Agreement and ground lease for the project. The parties' plan to execute a Joint Development Agreement in accordance with the final term sheet in the first quarter of 2021, following authorization from the Metro board of directors. The ground lease is expected to be executed in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The ENA has also allowed Metro and the developer to consider the Site B project. This project contemplates the refurbishment of the Peabody/Werden House for community-serving uses. (This house is currently stored on Site B.) Funding sources for the refurbishment are different and more limited than the sources available for affordable housing projects such as Los Lirios. As such, the Site B project is proceeding on a separate schedule from Los Lirios. The developer is in the process of identifying funding sources for the restoration work, as well as revising their project budget and schedule. In addition, they will be continuing their dialogue with the community regarding the proposed restoration and appropriate uses for the space.

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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