Groundbreaking contract for new metro joint development at 1st & Soto in Boyle Heights

The Los Angeles County Transportation Authority (Metro) has partnered with East LA Community Corporation (ELACC) and BRIDGE Housing Corporation to begin construction of Los Lirios apartments near the Soto Metro L Line (Gold) station in Boyle Heights. The new joint development will provide much needed additional affordable housing for the Boyle Heights community.

Los Lirios will consist of five floors and 64 new studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, including 63 affordable units for individuals and families who were previously homeless and low-income earners between 30 and 50 percent of median income in Region. There will be one manager unit over 2,443 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. The project will introduce other improvements to the public plaza, including additional seating and shade to enhance the transportation customer experience. Development is expected to be completed in 2023.

New developments such as Los Lirios, built on Metro land near their transit stations, help families reduce their biggest household expenses – housing and transportation. The new project is expected to provide much-needed affordable housing to those who need it most, including local residents who depend on transit and non-dwelling. These projects help local communities thrive by meeting the needs of the most vulnerable residents through the use of public land to help alleviate the acute shortage of affordable housing within Los Angeles County.

“The housing crisis in Boyle Heights and throughout Los Angeles County is so critical that we need all the tools we can get our hands on to meet demand,” said Los Angeles County Metro Board Chair and Superintendent Hilda L. Solis. “Housing development on Metro owned land is making a difference and we will continue to work towards our goal of developing 5,000 affordable housing units by 2031.”

“Los Lirios will help meet what this city desperately needs – affordable housing units,” said Los Angeles City Council member Kevin de Leon. “Building affordable, durable supportive housing are proven ways to get people off the streets. The partnership with East LA Community Corporation and BRIDGE Housing and Metro will help those struggling to access opportunity and recover from the economic fallout that the pandemic has brought to many people of color in Los Angeles. “.

“Cooperative developments such as Los Lirios will help Boyle Heights preserve its rich history of vitality and diversity,” said Monica Mejia, CEO of ELACC. “We are pleased to work with Metro and BRIDGE Housing to bring innovative and affordable housing options to Los Angeles neighborhoods, positively impacting and supporting the city’s most disadvantaged residents.”

Metro’s ability to organize a public land deal in Los Lirios has been pivotal to achieving policy goals for all parties involved and to help alleviate the affordable housing shortage facing Los Angeles County. Funding was awarded from the Los Angeles Department of Housing Trust Fund and Housing Programs to provide housing for formerly homeless and low-income people; City of Los Angeles Housing Authority; California’s HCD Transit-Oriented Housing Program to increase the number of public transit riders by financing affordable, high-density housing projects within a quarter mile of transit stations; California Tax Credit Allocation Commission; California Community Reinvestment Corporation; federal home trusts; Wells Fargo Bank and pre-development funding from Genesis LA.

“We are very excited to partner with Metro and ELACC on this transformative development,” said Ken Lombard, President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing. “Innovative partnerships like ours allow us to build high-quality, affordable housing that strengthens communities and enables residents to stabilize and thrive.”

Metro co-development sites are a gateway to the metro transportation system and have unique potential to advance societal development goals while attracting new commuters to the metro system. In June 2021, the Metro Board of Directors adopted the updated Common Development Policy with a mandate to build as much affordable housing as close to transportation as possible for those who need it most, as soon as possible.

“Los Lerios is the kind of affordable, transit-oriented housing that we need more of across the region,” said Stephanie N. Wiggins, CEO of Metro. These projects help families reduce the biggest household expenses – housing and transportation. I look forward to helping build more projects like Los Lirios, which will encourage transportation use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life for all of us.”

This year, construction of 300 affordable housing units began on the land owned by the metro, adding to the 2,200 units in the metro portfolio. The agency’s joint development efforts are helping reduce car use and increase the number of passengers in transit by connecting Metro’s transportation network directly to employment, retail, commercial and housing opportunities. For additional information on the project, please visit https://www.metro.net/about/joint_dev_pgm/.

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