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Major Zone Changes to Glassell Park & Cypress Park to be Voted On

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Today, the Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to make their second and final vote on zoning changes to portions of the Glassell Park and Cypress Park communities. The problem? "Many in the Glassell Park and Cypress Park communities felt these areas had been long neglected from a planning perspective," explained Julie Wong of Council President Eric Garcetti's office. "This addresses some community concerns, including what they feel to be an over-saturation of auto-related businesses and fast food drive throughs." As Jesus Sanchez at The Eastsider LA notes, many of the neighborhoods' arteries "are lined with car repair and parts shops, smog test stations, salvage yards and many other 'auto-oriented' businesses."

Likely to be passed by the full council, the change will restrict new auto-related businesses from opening up in the area, but would allow current ones to stay and even expand in certain situations. "From the Garcetti office perspective, we hope it encourages neighborhood-serving businesses and protects the unique character of these neighborhoods," said Wong.