New affordable Boyle Heights apartment building makes room for tenants displaced by its construction

Cielito Lindo apartments in Boyle Heights


Boyle Heights — Standing at the podium, Martha Seva spoke about her journey as a former occupant at 2407 E. First St. and her return to the address that is now the new Cielito Lindo apartment complex.

Speaking at last month’s grand opening, the mother of two recalled that a four-unit, two-story house previously sat at this location, where she was a tenant for seven years.

Under the right of first return negotiated with developer East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), she now pays less for her apartment than the $1,000 monthly rent she was previously paying.

Read the full story at Boyle Heights Beat

Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth and a sister website with stories also produced by community members “por y para la comunidad.”

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  1. We were pleased when ELACC responded to community concerns and moved the Peabody Werden house instead of demolishing it. (See http://esotouric.com/peabody for details.) But we’re troubled that they seem to have no plans for restoring this Boyle Heights landmark, and don’t respond when we ask for updates. As the preservation community learned the hard way with the loss of the last two houses from Bunker Hill, the Salt Box & the Castle, it is not safe to leave an old wooden house boarded up on a vacant lot indefinitely.

    • The “plans” ELACC announced for the old house were so vague. I live near this location. There is a homeless encampment growing in the alley behind it. It appears someone may have been living in the crawl space beneath it. Trash is collecting in the lot. It’s only a matter of time before it gets burned down, whether intentionally or not. Just across the street, adjacent to the new apartment building a boarded up house has already burned down. Sadly, this old house is becoming an eyesore for my community.

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