With a few notable exceptions, including the Sears store at Soto Street and Olympic Boulevard and the old General Hospital on State Street, the skyline of Boyle Heights is short on tall buildings. But at the northwest corner of First and Evergreen Streets, an affordable housing developer is planning to build one of Boyle Heights’ tallest structures, a five-story apartment building that will rise about 60 feet into the air. The proposed 53-unit Sol y Luna Family affordable apartments would replace some small commercial buildings and a truck yard and loom above its immediate neighbors, including the historic Evergreen Cemetery across the street. The apartment building will rise well above Evergreen’s tombstones and could benefit the neighborhood around the cemetery, according to a report by the Community Redevelopment Agency:
This development will revitalize a deteriorated and blighted site of Boyle Heights located in a very visible and prominent located [CQ] across from Evergreen Cemetery.
The developer, East L.A. Community Corp., which is transforming the former Boyle Hotel into affordable housing, is in the process of securing necessary city approvals for the building, which would include 80 spaces of underground parking and more than 6,000-square-feet of commercial space. The city’s Planning Department staff recently determined that the project would not require a full environmental impact report. That determination, called a mitigated negative declaration, is open to public review and comment through March 14.