The East Los Angeles Community Corporation is looking to explore the possibility of establishing a community land trust in Boyle Heights. To that effect, the nonprofit developer is hosting its 1st Block Party for Community Lands this Saturday.

In a statement, ELACC said it has come across the opportunity of acquiring land for that purpose.  “With growing real estate speculation and gentrification pressures, we believe it’s important to support the most vulnerable community members in having ownership over the land in this neighborhood,” the developer said.

“This community fair is a kick-off to our outreach efforts and the visioning process. If you’d like to learn more about community land trusts or if you want to give us feedback and possibly join us in our effort to establish a community controlled project, please join us!,” the statement adds.

Saturday’s fair will actually take place in a plot of land that could actually be part of the community land trust. It is a “family friendly event and there will be plenty of entertainment, activities, and food for sale by members of the Legalize Street Vending Campaign,” ELACC said.

The Block Party takes place Saturday, June 3, from  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 614 S Chicago Street.

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