Monday, April 12, 2010

Reyes Breaks Ground on Affordable Housing at MacArthur Park Metro Station

I joined the community and local leaders today to break ground on more than 170 affordable housing units at the Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro Rail Station. As one of the strongest advocates for mixed income housing, I made sure the apartments are affordable to local families. Monthly rents will range from less than $300 for a two-bedroom to $1,153 for a three-bedroom unit.

These units are for the people. It happens because we never stopped believing in a mixed income community. An environment where folks of different income, different ethnicity, different countries, can be sitting elbow to elbow in a subway, in a park and share a living space in an international setting like Los Angeles.

The first phase of construction, on land adjacent to the Metro Station, includes 90 units, 15,000-square-feet of retail space and 100 parking spots. Phase 2, located directly above the Metro Rail Line subway tunnel, will have 82 units and 17,000 square feet of retail space. Additionally, a community room will be designed within each phase, along with sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street trees, and underground utilities.

This development is a public-private joint venture between McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS), the Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Polis Builders, the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority and Community Redevelopment Agency. Working together, we are not only building housing. We are building a stronger community.