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Old Koreatown Auto Shop Will Become Affordable Eco-Friendly Housing

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A former auto shop near First and Vermont in Koreatown will soon be turned into an environmentally-friendly co-living development. According to a post on Streetsblog, the owner of the auto stop has decided to retire and return to South Korea. The Los Angeles Eco-Village (LAEV) intends to buy the shop and turn it into a four-story mixed-used development with 20 "affordable co-housing units" and 10 retail or co-op spaces. LAEV already owns three other buildings, located nearby at Bimini and White House Place, with 50 residential units. This neighborhood is entirely focused on sustainable living, and has "fruit trees, gardens, bees, chickens, greywater, rooftop solar, traffic-calming, and a culture of getting around by bike, walking, and transit." Most of LAEV's residents do not own cars, according to the organization's website.

Eco-Village plans to keep the small cafe located on the property, and founder LAEV Lois Arkin also hopes to turn a historic trolley car into a vegetarian restaurant and place it on the site's old H-line street tracks.

If you'd like to learn more about Los Angeles Eco-Village and its residents, check out the video below:

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