Casitas Lofts, a 419-unit mixed use project that would be built along the Los Angeles River is finding some opposition from nearby residents as well as those hoping to preserve the natural habitat that could be affected. The 7-acre parcel, purchased by Pan Am Equities, a New York–based company, will also offer 64,000 square feet of commercial space and 35 housing units for lower-income tenants.

With Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement that he’d like to see 1.3 million new homes built in the Southland in the next decade, the opposition could find a difficult battle ahead as the city contends with preserving natural space while attempting to curb the housing crisis. Opponents, “including many nearby residents, the influential nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River and the Natural Resources Defense Council — contend the development would disrupt habitat restoration efforts, trigger gentrification and erode the area’s allure.” Source: KTLA

The piece of land slated for development is located between the Glassell Park and Atwater Village neighborhoods. The plans to develop Casitas Lofts at 2750 W. Casitas Avenue were submitted in 2016.