Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, citing a "recent surge in developer interest" in Historic Filipinotown, today proposed halting new projects in the area.
According to O'Farrell, his motion would "preserve" Historic Filipinotown, an area that overlaps parts of Echo Park.
"The community expressed to me a deep appreciation for the existing pedestrian scale and historic character of their community," O'Farrell said in a blog post.
O'Farrell's motion calls for drafting an interim control ordinance to "prohibit the issuance of demolition, building and any other applicable permits for the area generally bounded by Temple Street, Beverly Boulevard and Third Street section between Hoover Street and Glendale Boulevard."
A stay on demolition and building permits in the area is necessary to "preserve and enhance the existing pedestrian-oriented nature of the area," as well as to "ensure that these corridors continue to serve the everyday shopping needs of residents by providing supermarkets, drugstores, retail shops and other neighborhood-oriented services," his motion reads.
Meanwhile, the planning department is in the midst of preparing design guidelines "intended to promote the distinctive character, stability and visual quality of the neighborhood," according to O'Farrell, whose motion will first be considered in the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee.
-City News Service