Some Atwater residents and activists have expressed concern about the potential impact a proposed redevelopment zone would have on their neighborhood. But, as the Atwaer Village News points out, the redevelopment area being contemplated by the Community Redevelopment Agency expands beyond Atwater into neighboring Glassell Park and down river to Cypress Park. The Northeast Los Angeles River Study Area even jumps the river, to include Elysian Valley. The area being studied as a redevelopment zone spreads over 3-1/2-square miles and is home to more than 32,000 people. What would be the main purpose of a redevelopment zone? That’s still to be determined but the agency on its Northeast L.A. River Study Area website said:
“Our primary interest is to develop sound land use and economic development strategies to bring jobs for working families into the area.”
The CRA, which has been credited with helping turnaround neighborhoods as well as unleashing huge new development and unwanted regulation, is planning a series of neighborhood open houses next month to gather more information and opinions from residents and business owners. The CRA staff is scheduled to present a report on the feasibility of creating a Northeast redevelopment zone to City Planning Commission and City Council next year.