Mayor Eric Garcetti’s city budget calls for spending $138 million on homeless services, a sharp increase from previous years. But where would that money come from? A significant chunk – about $47 million – would come from selling or using 14 city owned properties for affordable housing or for storage facilities reserved for the homeless. Some of those city owned properties are located in Eagle Rock, Lincoln Heights and Los Feliz:
- Eagle Rock: Housing is proposed for nearly 40,000-square-feet of maintenance yards used by the city and the L.A. Department of Water and Power at 2239 Fair Park Avenue near Eagle Rock Boulevard.
- Lincoln Heights: Public parking lots that serve the neighborhood’s North Broadway business district could be used for housing. The lots, which occupy more than 114,000-square-feet of space, are located north and south of Broadway at 136-164 S. Avenue 24 and 216-224 S. Avenue 24. Also in Lincoln Heights, a sanitation facility at 452 N. San Fernando Road could be used for storage facilities for the homeless.
- Los Feliz: The nearly 30,000-square-foot Friendship Auditorium property and ancillary buildings at 3201 Riverside Drive near Griffith Park could also be used for storage facilities for the homeless.
It’s far from certain if those properties will be able to be used or developed as proposed in the budget. Also, city officials said the list is not final and that other properties could come up for consideration.
The proposal met with a mixed reaction, with some questioning the feasibility of the site and wondering how neighboring residents and property owners will react. Kerry Morrison of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, which operates two business improvement districts, told KPCC:
“Where are these properties located? Will the neighbors readily accept (affordable housing) projects there?” …. “Will there be emergency provisions passed that will allow expedited development?”
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