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Boyle Heights Revitalization Check: New Housing, Benches Coming

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When the Gold Line through Boyle Heights launched last year, some people were griping about how the economy had stalled all those housing projects planned to spring up along the new line (and just smaller-sized projects are plannned; you'll remember City Councilman Jose Huizar didn't want anything huge rising in Boyle Heights). Here's news of a groundbreaking: This morning, the CRA presided over a shovel ceremony for Las Margaritas, a new 42-unit affordable housing development in Boyle Heights, just steps from the Gold Line's new underground Soto station. The project is just one of two CRA developments in the neighborhood: Along with the Green LA coalition and the LA County Bicycle Coalition, the CRA will be spending $240,000 on pedestrian and bike upgrades along the Gold Line. The exact streets for the improvements haven't been picked, but the federal funds will go toward "traffic calming circles, benches and shade trees, signage and lighting, low-impact landscaping" and more. Woo-hee.
· CRA [Official Site]
· Judge Says Schwarzenegger Can Grab CRA Funds [Curbed LA]