Metro voted yesterday to work with a developer called A Community of Friends to build a mixed-use development on a Metro-owned parcel near the Indiana Gold Line station in Boyle Heights. The $23 million project would have 53 units, half of which would be set aside for mentally ill and formerly homeless people, along with 5,000 square feet of retail. Local business owner and neighbors are nervous about the tenants and others have expressed displeasure in Metro's Eastside development plans--both groups found common ground with Councilmember Jose Huizar, who voted against the project, since it now contains more apartments and less retail than first proposed (a power substation made adding additional retail difficult). The Los Angeles Times reports that Metro owns a total of 16 developments near train stations, with three under-construction and most of the rest in the thick of development negotiations.
· Boyle Heights development planned along Gold Line clears a hurdle [LA Times]