Image from Metro/ La Streetsblog
Image from Metro/ La Streetsblog
Image from Metro/ La Streetsblog

Originally published in LA Streetsblog.

Developers and Metro representatives held an open house at the the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center on Tuesday to update the community on the status of empty Metro-owned lots in Boyle Heights.

Developers McCormack Baron Salazar and A Community of Friends were available to answer questions and receive comments from community members.

While the majority of the information was similar to Metro’s presentation at the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council meeting in December, there have been tweaks to proposals.

Here are some highlights:

  • Southwest First/Boyle: 80 units of affordable housing apartments, 3,000-4,000 square feet of retail space, decreased from 98 affordable housing units and 5,000 square feet of retail as reported in Metro’s December report.
  • First/Lorena: proposed 10 more affordable units totaling 53 affordable apartments (half permanent housing, half supportive housing for special needs), and 5,000 square feet of retail space, a decrease from the 6,000 square feet proposed in Metro’s December report.
  • MBS is looking to put a 23,000 square foot grocery store on the Cesar Chavez and Fickett lot.

The Metro Board of Directors approved design guidelines last month for lots at Mariachi Plaza/Pennsylvania and Bailey, First and Soto Streets, and Cesar Chavez Avenue and Soto Street. Proposal requests for those lots will be sent out, but the date was not specified in the presentation.

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