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The Westlake/MacArthur Park B (Red) and D (Purple) Line Station opened in 1993 and connects patrons between North Hollywood, Koreatown and downtown Los Angeles. The station site is approximately 1.8 acres in size and includes a public plaza, the station entrance, and a vacant lot currently used for parking. The station’s close proximity to MacArthur Park and Wilshire Boulevard make it a busy station.

The Metro-owned Westlake/MacArthur Park parcels are located along the densest corridor in the region and are well-served by transit that, in the near future, will include a direct connection to the Westside. The Purple Line Extension to the Westside is currently under construction.

In December 2017, Metro received an Unsolicited Joint Development Phase 1 Conceptual Proposal (“Phase 1 Proposal”) from an adjacent property owner, the Walter J Company (“WJC”), that encompassed the Metro-owned property and WJC's land . Metro staff deemed that WJC’s Phase 1 Proposal proposed substantial benefits in line with Metro’s goals of increasing transit ridership, affordable housing development, meaningful community engagement in the development process, and high-quality urban design. To that end, WJC was invited to submit a more detailed proposal, which was received in August 2018 (“Phase 2 Proposal”). In February 2020, the Metro Planning and Programming Committee discussed the Phase 2 Proposal and provided feedback on its desire for more affordable housing units and robust community engagement. WJC responded by submitting a Revised Phase 2 Proposal in June 2020.

On August 27, 2020, the Metro Board of Directors approved entering into an 18-month Exclusive Negotiation Agreement and Planning Document (ENA) with WJC. Additional details can be found in the Board Report.

Proposed Development

The Revised Phase 2 Proposal encompasses approximately 1.8 acres of Metro-owned property and approximately 1.26 acres of land owned by WJC. The Revised Phase 2 Proposal contemplates two towers that would include:

  • Residential: 668 apartments composed of:
    • 434 market-rate apartments
    • 234 income-restricted apartments
      • Very Low (30-50% AMI):  66
      • Low (50-80% AMI):  66
      • Workforce (120-150% AMI):  66
      • Section 8 (0-50% AMI):  36
  • Hotel Rooms: 300
  • Commercial (office & retail):  124,058 SF
  • Open Space: 75,689 SF
  • Parking Spaces:  775

The proposed development also includes improvements to the Metro plaza that would enhance the pedestrian experience and improve transit connectivity between MacArthur Park and the rest of the block.

For more information on the Westlake/MacArthur Park Joint Development activities, please contact:

Caroline Sim
Senior Director, Transportation Planning
Countywide Planning & Development

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