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Housing developers eyeing Boyle Heights lot across from Mariachi Plaza

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Affordable housing and retail proposed for the site

An empty lot at the southeast corner of Boyle Avenue and First Street in the heart of Downtown-adjacent Boyle Heights could become a mixed-user with affordable housing, reports Urbanize LA. The 14,000-square-foot lot at 110 South Boyle Avenue is directly south of Mariachi Plaza and the Gold Line station named for the local landmark.

The city is gearing up to sell the lot, formerly a parking lot held by the now defunct Community Redevelopment Agency, to a developer that will build a mix of affordable housing and retail.

Two developers submitted plans for the site. (Neither are mentioned by name in a city memo discussing the site’s impending sale.) Both proposals include affordable housing and retail. The new building would join a four-story affordable housing project that’s already under construction on the southwest corner of Boyle and First, the Santa Cecilia apartments.

The project site is also near a vacant property north of the Mariachi Plaza where Metro had once aimed to build a medical and retail complex, but that project was strongly opposed by residents who said it would change the character of the beloved community site. Eventually, Metro scrapped those plans.