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Plan Proposes to Convert Industrial Land into ‘Green’ Community

Los Angeles Councilmember Ed Reyes (CD-1) held a public meeting Saturday to discuss the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan (CASP) project, which aims to transform 650-acres of industrial land into an environmentally-friendly residential and business community.

Read this story IN SPANISH: Plan Propone Convertir Terreno Industrial a una Comunidad ‘Verde’  [1]

The land stretches from the Chinatown Gold Line Station to past the Lincoln Heights Gold Line Station, and is bisected by the Los Angeles River and Interstate 5.

It includes portions of the Lincoln Heights, Chinatown and Cypress Park neighborhoods, according to Reyes’ office. The project boundary map shows it includes the Los Angeles State Historic Park, Farmlab, the Downey Recreation Center, Smart & Final, Goodwill Industries, Lacy St. Animal Shelter, William Mead Homes public housing complex and the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

The final Specific Plan will be a planning and zoning document that encourages environmentally responsible and sustainable development, including housing, job creation, bicycle use and pedestrian access.

The Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan was released on Sept. 22 and is a project of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development (LEED) for Neighborhood Development.

Copies of the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are available at the Central Library (630 W. 5th St.), the Chinatown Library (639 N. Hill St.) and the Lincoln Heights Library (5230 Workman St.). It is also posted on the City’s Planning Department website at the following link http://cityplanning.lacity.org/EIR/CornfieldArroyo/DEIR/CASP_DEIR_Index-file.html [2]

Comments can be submitted on the Draft EIR until Nov. 21; written comments are encouraged. Comments can be emailed to City Planner Claire Bowin at claire.bowin@lacity.org. For more information, call (213) 978-1477.