Boyle Heights has become ground zero for gentrification fears and skirmishes in 2015. Just days ago, locals spoke out strongly against a proposed medical office development at Mariachi Plaza, forcing Metro (which controls the Gold-Line-adjacent site) to cancel plans and go back to the drawing board. Now, across BH, permits have been filed for a new 81-room hotel "over parking" on an empty lot in the northeast corner of the neighborhood, near Soto Street and the 10 Freeway.
Details from the Department of City Planning are scarce at this point, but given its size, the hotel is almost certain to be a low-rise structure. The proposed hotel is within the East Los Angeles State Enterprise Zone, which means it qualifies to have less parking than would normally be required. The proposed hotel is just across the 10 from USC's medical campus, which is getting its own four-story, 200-room hotel with retail and conference space. So, Boyle Heightsers: how do you feel about this new entrant onto the scene?