Just Another Day In SouthLA
So it seems as there are efforts to push the development/high rise boom south as the “The Reef” development was just ok’d by the Planning Commission. In 9.7 acres just south of the 10 freeway, The Reef development is being proposed which would bring outdoor plazas, a farmers’ market, public gardens, and more than 1 million square feet of new buildings—two high-rise towers, a hotel, a grocery store, a pharmacy, restaurants, plus more than 1,000 apartments and condos . Now some community activist are calling out that this project be stopped, mainly because the developer plans to sell and rent all of the units at market rate, making them wildly out-of-reach of many of the people who actually live in the neighborhood.
Community activist Damien Goodmon of Crenshaw Subway Coalition, who opposed The Reef, said about the City Hall-approved favors that push forward over-sized, luxury development in L.A., “Spot zoning for mega-projects is facilitating gentrification. People who live in these neighborhoods are longtime residents, and they will be pushed out. Who are these projects for?”
A controversial project that city leaders say has the power to “transform” a “blighted” pocket of South LA cleared its first big hurdle Llast Thursday, winning approval from the planning commission in a meeting that turned rowdy.