Much of LA County's Metro Rail network traverses walkable, urban settings. Neither of those terms describe the immediate surroundings of the Red Line's Vermont/Beverly Station. Flanked by a gas station and a Hyundai dealership, the auto-oriented locale hardly screams "subway station." Luckily, change may finally be on the way. According to an LADCP case filing from earlier this month, an affordable housing development is planned across the street from the station, located at 241 N. Vermont Avenue. Consisting of 100 residential units, the project would occupy a group of mid-block parcels, spanning approximately one acre of land. Situated on the northern fringe of Koreatown, the development site currently exists as two-story commercial building and supplemental surface parking. Despite sitting almost directly above a subway station for the past 15 years, 241 Vermont Avenue is currently zoned for use as an auto body/repair shop. Situations like this really emphasize the importance of the ongoing rewrite of Los Angeles' zoning code.
- Case Information Summary Sheet (LADCP)