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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.

Mariachi Plaza Station

  • Site Map
  • Acres: 1.47
  • 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 due June 2017 and have been 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) to explore joint development of the Mariachi Plaza site. Full details on the proposed project and selection process can be found in the Board Report .

The ENA period will allow Metro and ELACC to further refine the proposed project and advance the development process. This period will include a robust, developer-led community outreach process. Stay up to date on project updates and receive notices for upcoming opportunities to get involved by joining our mailing list .

Chavez/Fickett

  • Site Map
  • Acres: 1.56
  • Location: Cesar E. Chavez Ave/Fickett St, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
  • Proposed Project (Chavez Gardens):
    • 60 apartments, 59 of which will be affordable to individuals and families earning 30-50% of the Area Median Income
    • 25,000 square foot grocery store
    • 6,500 square foot community park

In April 2016, Metro began a community engagement process to create community-driven Development Guidelines for the Chavez/Fickett site. The Development Guidelines were included in the Request for Proposals (RFP) for joint development of the site, which was released in March 2017. Proposals were due June 2017 and have been 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 Abode Communities to explore joint development of the Chavez/Fickett site. Full details on the proposed project and selection process can be found in the Board Report .

The ENA period will allow Metro and Abode to further refine the proposed project and advance the development process. This period will include a robust, developer-led community outreach process. Stay up to date on project updates and receive notices for upcoming opportunities to get involved by joining our mailing list .

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 will continue to refine the project’s design, seeking stakeholder input along the way, and Abode will work to secure project financing. Once the design has been finalized and project financing is in place, Metro and Abode will enter into a long-term Ground Lease 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 in the first quarter of 2019. Full details on the terms of the JDA and Ground Lease can be found in the Board Report .

1 st /Soto

  • Site Map
  • Acres: 1.38 (1.09 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):
    • 66 apartments, 65 of which will be affordable to individuals and families earning 30-50% of the Area Median Income
    • 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail

As of March 2016 , 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 will be constructed on vacant Metro land located just to the south of the Metro Gold Line’s Soto Station on the southwest corner of 1 st and Soto Streets. The parties are also exploring the feasibility of using the Peabody/Werden Historic Home, which is currently being stored on the 0.29-acre site on the southeast corner of 1 st and Soto Streets, for community space and other community serving uses as part of the proposed development.

1 st /Lorena

  • Site Map
  • Acres: 1.26
  • Location: 1 st St/Lorena St, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles

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 feasibility of constructing the proposed project on the site. 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. In March 2016, the City of Los Angeles cleared the project under CEQA and approved its entitlements, but the matter was appealed and taken under review by the City. Until the appeal and the City’s review have concluded, the project cannot move forward. In light of the appeal, the ENA has been extended to June 2019 in an effort to provide the developer with time to work with the City and the appellants to resolve the appeal. Once this occurs, Metro and the developer can proceed with negotiation and execution of a Joint Development Agreement that will allow for finalization of the project’s design, securing project financing and further community engagement.

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 Dan Falcon at 213.236.2680 or Daniel.Falcon@McCormackBaron.com .

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