Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, joined representatives from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Little Tokyo Service Center to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Santa Monica Vermont Apartments, a new transit-oriented development that will provide 187 units of housing for people experiencing homelessness, and low-income workers.
“Every Angeleno deserves a safe, affordable and comfortable place to live,” O’Farrell said. “Projects like these will make a real difference for working families in East Hollywood, while also putting people experiencing homelessness on a pathway to wellness, stability and a purposeful life. I’m proud to have worked with LTSC and Metro to make this project a reality and look forward to welcoming its first residents as soon as it opens.”
The Proposition HHH-funded Santa Monica Vermont Apartments, a project championed by O’Farrell, will also include community-serving retail space with plans for a health center and food court, prioritizing local and legacy small businesses as tenants. Transit improvements will also be made to the Metro station and plaza, in addition to a new bike/mobility hub and transit shelter.
“[This] is an exciting day for Metro and East Hollywood,” said Metro Board chair and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, 1st District. “This new transit-oriented development will be an example of how innovative thinking and strategic partnerships can make sustainable, equitable development a reality. Developing housing on Metro-owned land is making a difference in the lives of Angelenos throughout the city, and we will continue to work to deliver on our promise of developing 5,000 affordable housing units by 2031.”
“We are proud to be collaborating with Metro on this development that will help address the acute affordability challenges families face throughout Los Angeles,” LTSC Executive Director Erich Nakano said. “This project is a prime example of how we can place Los Angeles on a path toward a more sustainable, affordable and livable future. We hope it will inspire future sustainable housing developments in cities and communities across the county.”
“Many transit riders in our county have an average annual income of just $18,000 a year,” Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins said. “These are the residents that need affordable housing the most. How we use our land can help make the difference between a thriving community for all versus one that doesn’t work for low and moderate income families.”
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