City to put the brake on new auto repair shops in Cypress Park & Glassell Park *

Some of the major streets that cut through Cypress Park and Glassell Park are lined with car repair and parts shops, smog test stations, salvage yards and many other “auto-oriented” businesses. City staff counted 20 such businesses along San Fernando Road between the 2 Freeway and Figueroa Street. A mile-long stretch of Figueroa Street had another 16 businesses.
Many of these shops and yards have drawn complaints over the years for being either to noisy or ugly and being incompatible with efforts to create a more pedestrian friendly environment. On Tuesday, a new ordinance poised to win final city council approval*would restrict the opening of any new auto repair shops and related businesses in a large section of Cypress Park and Glassell Park. Existing repair shops and businesses, however, would get to stay and be allowed to expand in some cases.

Not everyone is happy about these restrictions on what are mostly small businesses that have employed many local residents over the decades. However, the city staff report said the prohibitions on new repair shops and auto-oriented businesses “constitute a significant step in eliminating blight and seek to improve the quality of life in the Cypress Park and Glassell Park communities.”

Updated January 5: The City Council gave final approval to the ordinance today. “Council adopted item, subject to reconsideration, pursuant to Council Rule 51,” said the City of LA website.

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