Say NO to Displacement of Westlake Families & the Tenant Rights Centers that Protect Them
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WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, DEMAND:
1. That the City Planning Commission DENY approvals for the “Lake on Wilshire Project” at 1930 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, on its Thursday, October 12, hearing at 8:30am.
2. That Councilmember Gil Cedillo, and his colleagues on the City Council, SUPPORT the residents of Westlake/Pico-Union as they fight to survive the displacement pressures caused by poverty, a severe housing crisis, and irresponsible mega-projects designed to serve affluent newcomers while doing little to protect vulnerable longtime residents, mainly renters, from destabilizing market forces.
The LOW Project would convert the office building at 1930 Wilshire Blvd, currently home to several nonprofits serving low-income people throughout Los Angeles, into an upscale 220-room hotel. Replacing the adjoining parking lot would be a 41-story tower containing 478 apartments (whose "residents will benefit from a fitness center, rooftop clubhouse, an outdoor pool with sundeck and access to the complex’s other rooftop amenities"). The project would also include retail space and an 850-seat auditorium as part of a "multicultural center.” It would also create parking 933 vehicles.
How the “Lake on Wilshire” Project Would Hurt a Vulnerable Community
The proposed luxury megaproject consisting of a 220-room hotel and a 478-unit apartment building is the kind of investment that wreaks havoc to a low-income community while serving primarily the interests of investors and affluent newcomers. As planned, the “Lake on Wilshire” project would hurt the residents of Westlake, one of the poorest areas of Los Angeles.
A COMMUNITY IN NEED
- Westlake’s median household income is $26,757, according to the LA Times, and renters make up 95% of households. According to a UCLA Labor Center study, 60% are considered rent-burdened, meaning that and overcrowding is widespread as families double up to afford housing.
- Most residents are Latino immigrants, and 44% are undocumented—making it a particularly vulnerable population under siege in today’s hostile climate.
WHAT THE ‘LAKE ON WILSHIRE’ OFFERS
- 439 market-rate units (2-BR at market rate: $3,328) and 39 ‘very low income’ units requiring income higher than Westlake’s average.
- Eviction of two tenant-rights centers and other nonprofits that provide critical services for Westlake residents to replace them with a tourist hotel.
- Trigger dramatic local rent increases & installation of police surveillance cameras on sidewalks where many residents earn a living as street vendors.
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