Vacant lot on 1st and Lorena streets may soon be filled by a mixed-use project./ Photo by Jessica Perez

Vacant lot on 1st and Lorena streets may soon be filled by a mixed-use project./ Photo by Jessica Perez

Plans to negotiate a mixed-use commercial and affordable housing complex at one of four vacant lots in Boyle Heights were approved by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority last Thursday.

Metro’s board voted 10-1 in favor of the $23.1-million project partnership with developer A Community Of Friends.

Plans include 53 affordable-housing units and 5,000 square feet of retail space built next to the Indiana Metro Gold Line Station on Lorena and First streets. Half the apartments will accommodate the formerly homeless and mentally ill.

However, disagreements have already sparked. According to the Los Angeles Times, opponents from El Mercado de Los Angeles are worried about the contact these residents will have with children in the area.

L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, whose 14th district includes Boyle Heights, voted against the project because he said the plans had changed too much since it was originally proposed, reported the Times.

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    Margarita Mago Amador

    Absolutely a nightmare to happen, this are is heavily congested with traffic because El Mercado is a landmark visited by many people from around and outside area. As a community member we have been asking for a pocket park that would make more sense. MTA never listens to the community they have always done what they want and just go through the motions of “allowing our input” but ultimately will do what they proposed to do. This will not end well, we will not be underminded by MTA!

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    El Random Hero

    El Mercado apposes the project because it’s going to be for mentally ill patients.

    “Opponents of the development, including business owners at neighboring El Mercado de Los Angeles, told board members that the mentally ill would not make good neighbors. Speakers said they worried about children coming into contact with residents of the new development.”


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