1051 N. Broadway
“You’re asking for massive changes,” but you’re not giving anything back to the community, said land use committee chair Laura Velkei.
NOTICE OF EXTENSION The City of L.A. Planning Department is formally extending the comment period deadline for the scoping of the Environmental Impact Report for the Elysian Park Lofts project, case number ENV-2016-4064-EIR, to January 31, 2018.
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT: ELYSIAN PARK LOFTS
CASE NUMBER: ENV-2016-4064-EIR
WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?
The Elysian Park Lofts plan was recently unveiled in Chinatown. The developer envisions 920 dwelling units on a very narrow strip of Broadway. The site is just over 8 acres and would have 114 units per acre. That means it will be built up to 14 stories high—that is up to 170 feet on a bluff that is already 30 feet above Los Angeles State Historic Park. The North Parcel is planned at the intersection of Solano Avenue/Broadway and will have 469 units. The South Parcel is planned at Spring St and will have 451 units.
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"Because of the likelihood of finding the Zanja Madre at this site, similar to what was found at Blossom Plaza in 2014 except perhaps many times longer, this project should not be approved without a clear plan for what to do if portions of the Zanja Madre are found. As Alexander Ward, a board member of Friends of the Los Angeles River, wrote in a letter to the editor printed in The Times, “The right solution is to leave it where it is, preserved and visible as witness to embryonic Los Angeles and its always fragile relationship with its vital water supply.” ... A plan is preferable to what has happened in the past, which was quick decision-making in the middle of an expensive construction project." ~ ~Phyllis Ling, Resident of Savoy Street
"The developers of this proposed project are asking the City to bypass multiple building regulations so that they can maximize on profit and command the landscape with a high-power, glass tower smack-dab-in the middle of a low-income, historic neighborhood. They do so with zero regard for the dozens of years of community, philanthropic, and public service collaboration that have made the Los Angeles State Historic Park possible. They do so at the peril of ruining integrity of access to one of the few open green spaces left in Central Los Angeles. They do so with no mention of the native tribes of California whose land they seek to penetrate for commercial gain."
~Sara Harris, Resident of Casanova Street
"In a community of mostly low income housing, this development provides none. The Elysian Park Lofts will accelerate gentrification and push out our very diverse residents...Our small local elementary school will be unable to keep up with the in-flow of students. And, as lower income families are priced out of the local housing market, so an excellent public school that has long-benefited a culturally diverse, largely lower income, neighborhood will become a benefit for the upper middle class."
~ Resident of Casanova Street
"All around, the Project will present negative effects for the Park's wildlife, as well as Los Angeles air, water, light, and noise pollution levels. We a different, more environmentally and wildlife friendly approach for this project." ~S. Castillo
"Increased traffic and the associated pollution will be a significant factor in the air quality of the community; we already have a major freeway running through our canyon — the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Solano Canyon simply cannot take on additional traffic on its narrow streets. We deal with Dodger Stadium game and event traffic; Waze and Google direct commuters through our community daily, the additional traffic from which takes away from how this community was designated — namely, as a quiet, residential community. We will become a "private" access road for the proposed project."
~L. Moreno, Resident Solano Avenue
The location of the waterwheel is just below the bluff off the end of Solano Avenue; the water wheel raised water from the Zanja Madre 60' to a flume that brought the river's water along North Broadway all the way to downtown Los Angeles. The Zanja Madre itself is just below this site, remnants of which have already been discovered and preserved. Prior to construction of any kind at this site, the site must be preserved; we must seek landmark status for it, and if there is to be any construction at all on this narrow sliver of unoccupied land, regulations should be enacted that must be followed by any project in order to preserve the historic cultural character of the site.
~Resident Solano Avenue
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT CONCERNS?
- Impact on the Landscape and Views from the Park and Solano Canyon Community: The height of the proposed residential buildings would block the skyline view of Downtown LA along Broadway.
- Neighborhood Character: Maintaining the historical significance of our community.
- Effect on Biological Resources: Potential impact on green space fragmentation, light, noise, water pollution, and increased bird mortality due to the park and neighborhood’s proximity to the high-rises.
- Impact on Cultural Resources: The city’s first irrigation ditch, Zanja Madre, follows the length of the property and will need to be preserved.
- Transportation and Traffic: Would further increase traffic congestion during rush hour and Dodger game days, disrupt bus stops, and harm pedestrian safety.
- Environmental Justice: The proposed project, in its current form, will be a disruptive force in the community and block our public accessibility to the State park. This will also accelerate gentrification and displacement due to rising rents in neighboring residential areas.
The City of Los Angeles (Council District 1) is currently seeking written comments from the public regarding the potential environmental impacts of this project. Written comments must be sent to Erin Strelich at firstname.lastname@example.org and Hugo Ortiz at email@example.com. The deadline to submit is February 28th 2018 by 4PM.