METRO Westside Purple Line Subway Extension Project – Section 1

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Project Details

ADDRESS

Wilshire/Western – Wilshire/La Cienega

DEVELOPMENT

The relocation activities were administered to all eligible tenants under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 and subsequent amendments.

RELOCATION

Art galleries, offices, medical offices, restaurants, beauty school, mediation clinic, residential buildings, commercial buildings, and a wedding chapel

TRANSITION

DRA coordinated with METRO and the City of Los Angeles to withdraw the rental units from the housing market, under the Ellis Act ordinance.

TIME STARTED/END

N/A – CURRENT PROJECT

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

DRA conducted surveys to understand the household characteristics and to effectively plan each relocation.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is constructing a 3.9 mile heavy rail line  – Westside Purple Line Subway Extension Project – Section 1 – that will operate from its current terminus at Wilshire/Western Station to a new western terminus in Beverly Hills at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard.  In preparation to construct this segment of the rail, multiple residential and commercial properties were permanently displaced in a geographical area known as Koreatown, as well as, the Miracle Mile district to Beverly Hills.

The relocation activities were administered to all eligible tenants under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 and subsequent amendments.  DRA conducted surveys to understand the household characteristics and to effectively plan each relocation.  All households received advisory services and written statutory notices of their entitlements. The services included: routine listings of comparable rental properties and inspections of replacement units to ensure that all were decent, safe, and sanitary before issuing relocation payments.

METRO expanded the scope of services to include interim property management for the residential tenants.   DRA coordinated with METRO and the City of Los Angeles to withdraw the rental units from the housing market, under the Ellis Act ordinance.

Relocation assistance for business occupants were based upon the estimated actual and reasonable cost to move, disconnect, and reconnect personal property from the affected site to a replacement site. The project site was comprised of: art galleries, offices, medical offices, restaurants, beauty school, mediation clinic, residential buildings, commercial buildings, and a wedding chapel. DRA coordinated all estimates and prepared detailed cost analysis for each business operation, analyzed the fixture and equipment appraisals, performed loss of business goodwill appraisals, and administered the relocation payments.