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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. Stay up to date on project updates and receive notices for upcoming opportunities to get involved by joining our mailing list .

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 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) 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 .

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 of which will be permanent supportive housing for the homeless, 29 of which will be for families earning between 30% and 50% of the area median income, and one of which will be a market-rate manager’s unit
    • 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 allows 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.  Discussions with grocery store operators continue and the affordable housing funding review has wrapped up.  This review found that available housing funding sources favor projects providing permanent supportive housing for the homeless.  As such, the developer has changed the scope of the project by converting 30 of the project’s apartments to permanent supportive housing for the homeless.  Community outreach regarding the project’s scope and design will commence in the 2 nd quarter of 2019.

Chavez/Soto

  • Site Map
  • Acres: 1.96
  • Location: Cesar E. Chavez Ave/Soto St, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
  • Proposed Project (La Veranda):
    • 77 apartments, 38 of which will be permanent supportive housing for the homeless, 38 of which will be for families earning between 30% and 50% of the area median income, and one of which will be a market-rate manager’s unit
    • 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail

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 2019. Full details on the terms of the JDA and ground lease can be found in the Board Report .

Following difficulty securing funding for the project, the developer reviewed affordable housing funding sources for the project and found that these certain key sources now favor projects providing permanent supportive housing for the homeless.  As such, the developer has elected to change the scope of the project by converting 38 of the project’s apartments to permanent supportive housing for the homeless.

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 will be affordable to individuals and families earning 30-50% of the Area Median Income, 20 of which will be permanent supportive housing for the homeless 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 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 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.  After extensive community outreach, the project has been approved by the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council and the Metro-established Boyle Heights Design Review Advisory Committee.

At the end of the 1 st quarter of 2019, Metro completed its review of the developer’s entitlement application for the Los Lirios project.  Bridge/ELACC intends to submit the approved application to the City of Los Angeles during the 2 nd quarter of 2019 and 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 will provide supportive housing for homeless veterans, 24 of which will be for 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 against the City of Los Angeles’ clearance of the project under the California Environmental Quality Act.  At present, the matter is in litigation with a decision by the court anticipated in the second quarter of 2019.

If the lawsuit is ultimately resolved in the developer’s favor, Metro and A Community of Friends will continue to refine the project’s scope and design, consistent with prior community input, and will proceed with negotiation and preparation of a term sheet setting forth the key provisions to be included in a Joint Development Agreement and ground lease for the project.  At that time, ACOF will also continue to put together financing for the project.  The Joint Development Agreement will be executed by the parties following the City of Los Angeles’ 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 /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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