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Friday, September 30, 2016

Will the city finally strike a deal over the Highland Park Transit Village? *

Rendering of Highland Park Transit Village/Los Angeles Housing Department

The City Council today will consider a proposal  to pack about 100 apartments and homes into the public parking lots near the Highland Park Gold Line Station.  The idea of  building more housing – most of  it in the form of affordable, subsidized units – and shops within walking distance of the station was endorsed more than seven years by the City Council. Three years ago the city and developer McCormack Baron Salazar agreed to negotiate a development deal, which would involve leasing and selling the lots to the developer (McCormack would have to replace more than 200 of those parking spaces).   But, faced with a tough economy and  addressing community concerns “relative to the design, parking impacts and other elements,”  the so called Highland Park Transit Village  remains far from built.  Today, the City Council will review recommendations to approve a development deal in concept and give city agencies  more time – until September 30 – to finalize an agreement.

* Update: The City Council adopted the proposal.



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7 comments

  1. Aha! the plot thickens! Tonight the community will be engaged in a workshop that will discuss the expansion of the Highland Park HPOZ to include the Garvanza area, the first town in NELA. How fitting that an interloper development of the size and scope that is invading the flat lands of the San Fernando Valley should also be considered a “viable alternative” to real in-fill planning and consideration for a historically sensitive location in our beleaguered city. There are opposing statements that have been filed with the city and they should be examined for their depth and understanding of the right way to do construction in a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.

  2. ADD THIS:
    The official record to recommend this to City Council http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2009/09-0451-S1_rpt_hced_6-17-10.pdf shows that the City Council member (Ed Reyes) representing the district most impacted by this project was ABSENT for his vote, as were all but one single member?

    OFFICIAL RECORD

    MEMBER VOTE
    WESSON: YES
    REYES: ABSENT
    ALARCÓN: ABSENT
    CÁRDENAS: ABSENT
    PERRY: ABSENT

    One member vote from Herb Wesson in another district entirely is good enough to proceed to City Council with the TALLEST buildings ever in the entire HISTORIC district? On land paid for by local merchants through self-imposed fees so they can have parking for shoppers?

    Mr. Reyes.
    If this is such an IMPORTANT project to YOU and YOUR district, pulling in some of the LARGEST community attendance for any local issue EVER in YOUR community (noting that is OPPOSED to the scale and scope of the project), the least you can do, City Councilman is FACE YOUR COMMUNITY ON RECORD, SHOW UP and vote for it!

    Finally, compliments to your staff for scheduling it the same day as another important community briefing in the works for 15 YEARS on how to PROTECT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY from such LARGE SCALE projects – brilliant PR move!

    You can expect to hear from us, the community.

  3. I also find it a bit too conveniet that this project can be considered with no Community Impact Statement submitted. WHAT!?!?!?

    If you ever had an opinion on the Transit Village today is the day to voice it! Call CD-1 and make your voice heard. 213-472-7001

  4. I attended essentially every meeting held by the developer McCormack, Baron, and Salazar; in which overwhelming the community OPPOSED the project as submitted! LA’s infrastructure is failing its current residents whether it be public safety, city services, etc…; therefore, one must conclude that overdeveloped urban communities do not benefit from poorly planned housing that doesn’t take into account the community’s needs. On numerous occasions the community requested more green space and reducing the units and downsizing the structure. The last thing Highland Park needs is housing that over time becomes housing projects!

  5. The landlords can’t even fill the retail spaces that are available now… how do they expect this project to become anything but empty spaces and ultimately a low-income housing project with crack-shops below?

  6. We DO NOT want this project in our community. We’ve told them this in no uncertain terms and they ignore their constituents! It is city land that tax payers own and city officials answer to US. We pay their salary folks and they want to give us illogical housing that does not satisfy or benefit our community. It only benefits the architects, M2A and developers McCormack, Baron & Salazar. I too have attended most of their meetings and they continue to ignore what the preservation needs of the district are and create a project out of scale by several stories. You will probably see medical marijuana clinics open up in the retail spaces or something that will not serve our community properly. We have to fight this!

  7. no THANK YOU! GO , and STAY away.
    this sounds like a very bad dream.
    please, what do i need to do to help keep this from happening?

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