ELYSIAN VALLEY — Developers and investors have discovered Elysian Valley, the narrow riverfront community packed with small homes, warehouses and artists studios. After many residents expressed concern about gentrification and over development, the Planning Department has unveiled a set of changes that would reduce the height and size of new projects proposed for a strip of commercial parcels that front the L.A. River.
A public hearing is scheduled for June 9 to go over the proposed zoning changes, which would restrict new buildings to occupy no more than 50% of a lot and reduce the height limit to 30 feet from the current 35 feet. However, buildings that are close to the riverfront may not rise taller than 20 feet. The new restrictions would be applied to numerous, commercial properties that are located roughly between Blake Street and the river.
While some residents have welcome the conversion of warehouses and industrial spaces into housing, shops and restaurants, others have complained that some of the projects would only lead to over development and price out existing residents.
Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, in an email sent last week about the upcoming public hearing, said that one of his top priorities is “to ease the pressure that fear of displacement has caused.”
Are the proposed zoning changes not enough or do they go to far? Residents and property owners will be able to express their views during the public hearing. The changes must be approved by Planning Commission and City Council.
The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9 at Dickerson Employee Benefits, 1918 Riverside Drive. The public hearing will be preceded by an open house that begins at 5 p.m.
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