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 Station and Indiana Station. Immediately adjacent to or within close proximity of these stations are various parcels of land that were acquired by Metro for station construction or construction staging. These six sites are in different stages of the joint development process . Additional details on each site can be found under Project Updates.
For all sites in Boyle Heights, Metro is committed to community outreach and engagement throughout the joint development process. Metro formed the Boyle Heights Transit Oriented Development Design Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) in 2014 to represent a broad group of 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 the formal means through which community members are involved in the evaluation of the design for the project sites. The DRAC participates in the design review process for all project sites in Boyle Heights.
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