Joint Development is the real estate development program through which Metro collaborates with qualified developers to build transit-oriented developments on Metro-owned properties. Metro’s Joint Development sites are a gateway to the Metro transit system and hold unique potential to advance community development goals while attracting new riders to the Metro system.
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Joint Development Goals
• Reduced auto use/increased transit use
• Density, but consistent with surrounding neighborhood
• Mix of uses linked to transit
• High quality design
• Upgrades to/completion of Metro facilities
• Incorporation of first/last mile and active transportation improvements
• Strong neighborhood and inter-modal link
• Pedestrian orientation
• Enhanced transit patron experience
• Long-term ground lease (typically)
• Fair market return
• Sustainable development
The Joint Development Process
The Joint Development (JD) process begins with the creation of Development Guidelines, driven by a community engagement process. In developing these Guidelines, Metro works with the community and local regulatory agencies to identify that kind of development and related infrastructure that can contribute to the creation of transit oriented communities.
The Development Guidelines document reviews desired land uses, density and amenities for a Metro-owned site; provides neighborhood context; and assesses opportunities for integration with active transportation and other community development goals. The Development Guidelines are brought to the Metro Board of Directors for review and adoption.
Once Development Guidelines are adopted, Metro solicits development proposals for JD sites through a Request for Information and Qualifications (RFIQ) or a Request for Proposals (RFP). JD projects are typically completed using a long term ground lease to a private developer who fully entitles, environmentally clears, designs, finances, and constructs a private development on Metro’s property.
For more details on Joint Development, please see the additional documents listed under the Program Information sidebar.
With the historic expansion of Metro’s rail system underway, the Joint Development program is in full swing. Click on the titles below to learn more about our active Joint Development projects:
Metro is proceeding with a number of Joint Development efforts in the heart of the Boyle Heights community, located on parcels immediately adjacent to or within walking distance to the Metro Gold Line. The sites are referred to as follows:
Division 6 is a former Metro bus maintenance facility located blocks from Venice Beach and within a half-mile radius of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Windward Circle. The site presents opportunities for developing additional housing, retail and community space in an extremely desirable location.
Metro is beginning the process of exploring joint development opportunities at the El Monte Transit Station, the largest bus facility west of Chicago.
The Expo/Crenshaw Station Joint Development site sits at the northern terminus of the under-construction Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project and spans over two parcels – a Los Angeles County Probation Department facility slated for relocation and a Metro-owned parcel currently used for construction staging of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.
Little Tokyo/Arts District Station
Sitting at the crossroads of multiple downtown Los Angeles neighborhoods, the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station Joint Development site is directly adjacent to the under-construction Regional Connector Transit Project station.
North Hollywood Station
The North Hollywood Station Joint Development site spans several Metro-owned parcels at the intersection of the Metro Red and Orange Lines, a major transit hub in the San Fernando Valley.
Taylor Yard is a former 242 acre rail yard located on the Los Angeles River, north of Elysian Park and the I-5/Arroyo Seco Parkway intersection. Metro is developing a mixed-use community on approximately 17.75 acres of Metro-owned property in Taylor Yard.
Vermont/Santa Monica Station
The Vermont/Santa Monica Red Line Station Joint Development project presents opportunities to bring additional housing, retail, and community-serving space to the heart of East Hollywood.
Stay up to date on the Joint Development portfolio by exploring the Joint Development Project Sites Map , which provides information regarding completed and active projects, as well as opportunity sites throughout LA County.
The Joint Development team is in the process of updating the Joint Development Policy to strengthen our response to the LA County housing affordability crisis. Our updated policy will determine key aspects of our projects such as affordability levels and land discounts, as well as define important steps in our process such as developer selection and community outreach.
To inform the policy update, we released a Policy Paper to the Metro Board in January which outlines potential tools we may incorporate into the update.
We hosted a public event to share what we’ve learned and hear from the public on important issues such as LA County’s housing and affordability crisis, and the effects of displacement and gentrification. We were joined by over 200 participants who heard opening remarks by Metro Board Director Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker and a panel discussion with housing developers, advocates and representatives from community-based organizations. If you couldn't be there, you can watch a recording of the event here
You can also submit feedback to the Metro Joint Development team on how best to update the Joint Development Policy here . After incorporating feedback from this survey and our Metro Conversations, we will return to the Metro Board to recommend adoption of the updated Policy.