Apartment buildings planned near East L.A. cemetery entrance

EAST LOS ANGELES — An affordable housing developer is planning to build more than 100 apartments and 5,000-square-feet of retail space across from the Whittier Boulevard entrance of Calvary Cemetery.

Meta Housing Corp. would build the apartment buildings on two separate sites catty-corner from each other at Whittier and Downey Road, according to a Los Angeles County Planning Department summary. Both sites, on the northwest and southeast corners, have been used to store and build concrete burial vaults.

The entire project would consist of a 42-unit building with 1,300-square-feet of ground-floor commercial space and a 32-space parking lot. The second building would be a four-story, 71-unit apartment building with 3,700-square-feet of ground-floor retail space and ground-floor and an underground parking.  The specific location of each building was not provided in the county summary of the project.

It’s not clear when Meta, a major affordable housing developer, plans to begin work on the project. The Eastsider has contacted Meta for more details.

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  1. I’m in favor of building more affordable housing. But Is this project being built next to Calvary Cemetery because dead people don’t complain? At least the new tenants won’t have to worry about noisy neighbors.

  2. Glad Measure S failed so projects like this didn’t get halted! GO LA!

  3. Gentrification coming to the East Side.. Entilist hipsters and lack of respect for the community.. East Los Angeles slowly will lose its identity to profits organic coffee shops and chain retailers no thank you.. Sad Sad sad

    • Are the hipsters really disrespecting East LA. I was born and raised in Boyle Heights and now own a home in East LA and I have lived with hipsters as well and from what I have seen they have shown more respect for the neighborhood then some of the people here. Kids tag up the neighborhood, people randomly dump shopping carts in front of your door, dogs running around the neighborhood almost getting hit by cars and crapping in the street. We have even gotten mattresses and a dresser dumped in front of our house. Who does that, the county and the trash service offers free bulky item pick up and there is also a cart retrieval number that people can call or schedule a shopping cart pick up for free and there is such a thing as walking dogs on a leash and picking up after them or better yet keeping them in their home and not letting them roam the streets every morning and in the evening. And tons of stray cats!

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