The one time home of a Masonic temple and Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta’s Community Service Organization, CSO, reopened last Saturday as the newly minted “Boyle Heights City Hall.”
With more than $22 million in repairs, the 89-year-old “Chicago Building,” located at 2130 E. 1st Street in Boyle Heights, will house as many as “15 city, non-profit, and community organizations and agencies offering a myriad of services and assistance and providing the type of one-stop service that is hard to match in the City of Los Angeles,” according to the office of Councilman José Huizar.
The city purchased the building in 2007, but it sustained major damage from the 2008 Chino Hills Earthquake, forcing the relocation of all the tenants, including the Council District 14 field office. Huizar helped secure the funds needed to repair and retrofit the facility built in 1924.
“Given its history of service and activism, the completion of the Boyle Heights City Hall is much more than a celebration of a massive brick and mortar improvement,” said Huizar. “It is a reminder of why we did it to begin with: to build a better community and provide a brighter future to the residents of Boyle Heights and our surrounding neighborhoods. It also completes our goal to create a Boyle Heights Civic Center at the intersection of First and Chicago, which is now home to a new Hollenbeck Police Station, Ross Valencia Pocket Park, a renovated Benjamin Franklin Library and the new Boyle Heights City Hall.”
Other groups to be housed at the facility include: the Bureau of Street Services; College Track (which helps students prepare and succeed in college); the Housing and Community Investment Department; the Economic and Workforce Development Department; Lucille Roybal Family Source Center; the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council; El Centro de Ayuda FSC; Abuelitos de Boyle Heights; Maravilla Foundation; Hollenbeck PAL; Fuego Tech; Los Angeles Youth Opportunity Movement and Girls Today, Women Tomorrow.