Faced with a chronic housing shortage, many city officials are looking to squeeze residences anywhere they can. That includes two small city-owned parcels in Boyle Heights and Eagle Rock that Councilman Jose Huizar wants looked at as potential place for housing or other “higher and better uses.”
In Boyle Heights, Huizar’s office has identified a triangular shaped block bounded by Pleasant Avenue and Progress Place that is known as Aliso Triangle Park. The L.A. Times described the triangle, where five canary palm trees rise above the site, as one of the city’s smallest parks. While Aliso Triangle is not included in the list of parks and facilities operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks, it does appear on a map of city mini parks.
Meanwhile, in Eagle Rock, another triangular-shaped property owned by the city would also be reviewed as a potential site for housing. The parcel is located at the junction of Monte Bonito Drive and Genevieve and Kipling avenues.
Each property “may be suitable for development to help address the City’s housing crisis or other higher and better use in accordance with the neighborhood,” said two separate but similarly worded motions that Huizar sponsored. If adopted by the full council, the City Administrative Officer and other departments would initiate a review of each parcel to determine suitable uses.
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