The court allows plans for up to 6,000 new homes near the Expo Line

The court is clearing new homes near the Expo Line
Exposition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plans in LA (LA City Planning)

Los Angeles can finally get the 6,000 new housing units it wanted around the Metro Expo Line light rail route.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in the city’s favor on Dec. 17, allowing plans that require the development of up to 6,000 new apartments and condominiums around five of the Expo Line stations, according to the City News Service.

“We have an urgent need for more housing, and we should place it close to public transportation to reduce traffic jams,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement after his office won the lawsuit.

The plan has been underway since the city adopted the proposal in 2018, but was halted after a Westside group sued the city the same year.

The group, called Fix The City, argued that government officials and agencies should assess and repair “overloaded and inadequate infrastructure” across West Los Angeles before allowing increased development around public transportation lines. Fix The City has filed several lawsuits to halt individual development projects and city plans since at least 2012.

With the court’s recent ruling, increased housing construction will be allowed within half a mile of five Expo Line stations, including Expo / Bundy Station and Expo / Sepulveda Station, as well as stops in Westwood, Palms and Culver City. The development is expected in stages and is expected to be completed in 2035.

Some of the new housing units will be set aside as affordable for low-income tenants, according to Feuer.

[Los Angeles Daily News] – Isabella Farr

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