Model image of Boyle Hotel Apartments. / Image courtesy of East LA Community Corporation.
The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council approved a motion to craft a policy geared towards limiting high-density development projects. The Planning and Land Use Committee’s recommended motion aims to preserve the “existing character of the community,” by demanding traffic data, allotting parking space for automobiles and limiting high density developments.
“Boyle Heights of 20-30 years ago was mostly single dwellings, residential community” said Michael McClure, the neighborhood council land use officer, after the meeting. “Now with light rail coming in . . . more and more we are seeing the traffic coming in and we don’t have the infrastructure to support it. When you double that with the lack of parking, it’s choking off the economic wealth of the community, as well as the physical well being.”
The motion passed with 10 votes for and three abstentions.
Jesus Hermosillo, one of the council members that abstianed from voting, said that preventing density also prevents low income people from living in Boyle Heights.
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