Southern California Flower Market development greenlit by planning committee

A plan proposed by the longtime owners of the Southern California Flower Market to redevelop the wholesale and retail floral marketplace in Downtown LA into a residential and mixed-use complex received the green light Tuesday from a city planning committee.

The Los Angeles City Council’s planning and land use management committee approved the project’s environmental impact report and denied two appeals, including one brought by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation over the affordability of units. Approval by the full council is still required.

Scott Yamabe, of the Southern California Flower Growers Inc., which owns the flower market, told the committee that the market needs a redevelopment to remain afloat.

“We are not developers looking to build and sell,” Yamabe said. The redevelopment is a way for the business to remain relevant and stay in business, he said, “for the next hundred years.”

Read more at Curbed LA (Bianca Barragan)

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