Planners tell Boyle Heights residents their views (of downtown) don’t matter

A proposal to build a 40-unit apartment house in Boyle Heights had some neighbors complaining about the loss of views and the shadows cast by the 45-foot high building on  Third Street near Boyle Avenue.  But that argument did not carry much weight with the Planning Department staff, which recommended that the  Planning Commission approve the project  at today’s meeting. Chris Parker, of the Land Use L.A. blog, summarized the issue:

Neighbors oppose the project at 1755 E. 3rd Street because they say it will block their view and sunlight; the Planning Department Recommendation Report dismisses those concerns because “there are no identified or established scenic-vistas in the area.” Ouch.

If that project does get built, the new apartment dwellers will have a view of a different sort: freeway traffic.  The building would rise on a former Caltrans lot adjacent to the northbound lanes near the First Street exit.  Talk about freeway close.

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  1. This would not happen in BH

  2. We live in the 2nd largest urban area in the US. We can’t have our pie and eat it too. Sorry BH!

  3. Ahh but if they had some solar panels and could show that it would block sunlight to those, they would have standing. You don’t have a right to a view but you do have a right to a solar resource if you use it before the obstruction.

  4. Jose, folks in Beverly Hills pay a lot more for a place to live than do folks in Boyle Heights. (I’m willing to bet that plenty of people who live in Beverly Hills grew up in Boyle Heights, though.)

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