Despite contention from various civic groups and a discordant vote amongst Councilmembers, the Los Angeles City Council has greenlit plans for the Onni Times Mirror Square project in downtown Los Angeles.
Once the location of the LA Times, the plan is to build two high rise towers that will incorporate over 1,100 apartments and commercial space on the Civic Center property. Councilman Kevin DeLeon, spent several months negotiating with Onni to include low- and moderate-income units and also to fast-track a payment from the developer to be used for homeless housing. The project will have 24 moderate-income units and 10 low-income units.
One of the council persons voting against the project, Councilman Paul Krekorian criticized the project for not having more affordable housing. “I believe that this project doesn’t represent the public interest,” he said.
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