Rendering of Highland Park Transit Village/Los Angeles Housing Department
The City Council today will consider a proposal to pack about 100 apartments and homes into the public parking lots near the Highland Park Gold Line Station. The idea of building more housing – most of it in the form of affordable, subsidized units – and shops within walking distance of the station was endorsed more than seven years by the City Council. Three years ago the city and developer McCormack Baron Salazar agreed to negotiate a development deal, which would involve leasing and selling the lots to the developer (McCormack would have to replace more than 200 of those parking spaces). But, faced with a tough economy and addressing community concerns “relative to the design, parking impacts and other elements,” the so called Highland Park Transit Village remains far from built. Today, the City Council will review recommendations to approve a development deal in concept and give city agencies more time – until September 30 – to finalize an agreement.
* Update: The City Council adopted the proposal.