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Soto Street, Mission Road and Huntington Drive converge in a tangle of sharp turns, overpasses and underpasses that leave many motorists confused. City engineers would like to improve the busy crossroads on the border of El Sereno and Lincoln Heights by building a new Soto Street bridge, realigning streets, constructing two new intersections with traffic signals and also throwing in bike lanes and a landscaped median. But there is a problem and his name is Fernando C. Flores. Flores own a key piece of property in the middle of this junction that officials say is needed to create a new intersection at Soto and Mission. The city says the triangular piece of property at 2124 N. Mission is worth $240,000. Mr. Flores wants $405,000. Within negotiations at an apparent impasse, the city is now poised to use its power of eminent domain to take the parcel. The issue is scheduled to come up at a City Council meeting on Wednesday.
A letter from City Attorney Carmen Trutanich make it sound like the rest of the project can’t be built without this property:
are to occur, the Subject Parcel must be acquired. There are no other appropriate alternative properties or locations within the Project’s current design parameters.”