Council Selects Development Team to Build Affordable Housing on City-Owned Property Near MacArthur Park

Council Selects Development Team to Build Affordable Housing on City-Owned Property Near MacArthur Park

December 12, 2017

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Council Selects Development Team to Build Affordable Housing on City-Owned Property Near MacArthur Park

Los Angeles—The Los Angeles City Council has selected a development team to build affordable housing on City-owned properties near MacArthur Park in Westlake, Council District 1 (619, 623, 627 and 629 Westlake Avenue). The Council has selected the Cesar Chavez Foundation as the lead developer, Meta Housing Corporation as the Co-Developer, Lorcan O’Herlihy as the Architect, and the Youth Policy Institute as the Service Provider.

The selection follows a Request for Proposals process. The team proposes a mixed-use project with 78 units of family affordable housing and 141 parking spaces serving residents and the public. The project is envisioned to provide a tot lot, community kitchen and room, tech lab and central laundry and 40 bicycle spaces.

Given the site’s adjacency to MacArthur Park and the historic Westlake Theatre, the project contemplates incorporating youth arts education and programming, including music practice rooms, a dance studio, a visual arts space. Arts programming will be central to on-site youth and family services.

“The solution to combat the Housing Crisis in Los Angeles is to continue building housing as fast as possible, particularly affordable housing,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “Every little bit counts toward our goal to build 100,000 units by 2021. We look forward to breaking ground on this very relevant project,” added Cedillo.

The City will not enter into a formal Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with the selected development team. Cedillo has asked for a robust community participation plan to allow Westlake community stakeholders to provide input into shaping the details of the proposed development.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

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