Perhaps housing will succeed where Hollywood failed. Last year, a group of Cal Poly Pomona architecture students came up with some residential proposals that included bridging the railroad tracks that separate the jail from the river. Reyes also wants to see a closer link between the jail and the water, said Perez, the councilman’s spokesman.
“We want to see something that is going to take the river into account,” Perez said. “We are looking at some kind of housing.”
But some residents on Nela List expressed other ideas for the jail, ranging from a new community college campus to museums devoted to Lincoln Heights history. So, it will be a while before you will be able to put down a deposit on a prison penthouse.
Rendering by Heather Santos and Anne Marie Alaton