East LA's hope to become incorporated means taking a hard look at it's ability to be self-sufficient. The LA Business Journal finds that the major players consider the biggest factor allowing the City of LA to be realized may be the MTA Gold Line (It will also help to have Housing Authority management get no where near the place). Business Journal clips are after the jump:
“I think when the rail line is completed it will significantly increase north-south traffic on Mednik and will make it easier to get around East L.A.,” said Mukai. “Ultimately it is going to help but I think it is going to take time.”
“There has been very little development in the unincorporated part of the county and the need is immensely critical,” said Vaz. Amcal has already completed a $107 million Gold Line-adjacent mixed-use project in Montecito Heights. “There is opportunity to satisfy that need all along the Gold Line.”
The county’s Department of Regional Planning oversees development for the unincorporated area and is considering the creation of a transit oriented district along the East Third Street corridor that would set development standards for the area.
Incorporation, again: A renewed incorporation movement for East L.A. has picked up steam, with local businesses and politicians supporting the drive. Supporters say that cityhood will better allow East L.A. to control its economic destiny, though the area already has something of a city hall in the East Los Angeles Civic Center adjacent to a planned Gold Line stop.
According to the article, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina is neutral taking a wait-and-see approach.