Lucha Reyes Apartments
adjacent to Mariachi Plaza

Lucha Reyes adjacent to Mariachi Plaza rendering

East LA’s Community Corporation’s proposed project, Lucha Reyes Apartments, will include 60 units of desperately needed affordable housing for families with low to moderate income in the east side. 

Our team met with hundreds of residents during 10 community meetings to design the site, determine its features, and explore functions beyond housing, including providing a designated community space for Mariachis, small business and the community at large and adding a community garden. 

The result is a project designed to embrace and uplift the contribution of cultural entrepreneurs to our community, not limit their access to the plaza, or prevent residents from patronizing their services.

Lucha Reyes Apartments will include the following:
*Specifications reflect recent project updates as of October 2021
  • 60 total units of affordable housing 
  • 29 units reserved for families and individuals at 30% to 50% AMI
  • 30 units set aside for Permanent Supportive Housing for Transitional Aged Youth who are homeless (families and individuals) and who will receive individual case management, mental and supportive health services, as well as other service coordination services on and off-site
  • 26 studio units, 18 one-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and 7 three-bedroom units
  • Approximately 4 ,000 sq ft allocated for a community room 
  • A designated space for a community garden across the street
  • 42 parking spots
  • Professionally managed, 24hr onsite property management 
  • Design updated from 5 stories to 4 stories
  • New design reflects an added second terrace on the second floor of the building

Have additional questions? See our fact sheet for Lucha Reyes Apartment below and click here to read our official statement. For further questions, comments or concerns, please email us at

Lucha Reyes Apartments Fact Sheet


  • Lucha Reyes apartments will be built in the EMPTY LOT in the northeast corner of Bailey St and Pennsylvania St, not on the plaza.
  • Our architect worked with the community to design the building and the area around the Plaza. Residents formed a Design Committee during October 2018 and achieved the final design together.
  • We listened and added trees to the Lucha Reyes Plaza design so you can enjoy the Plaza during the warm summer months!


  • ELACC hosted 10 public meetings between March 2018 and September 2019.
  • We listened to your priorities, feedback, and what you wanted for the plaza.
  • This is a community-driven design. We want to continue building this project with you.
  • We need you at our meetings. Your voice is important and we want you to join our community stakeholder meetings. View our community calendar at or call (323) 269-4214.


  • This project will NOT displace the mariachis. Mariachi culture and vitality is important to ELACC. 
  • We have been working with the Mariachis on the design and function of Lucha Reyes for over 3 years to address their needs and keep them placed in Boyle Heights.
  • Lucha Reyes will include rental units affordable to many mariachis and other low-income cultural entrepreneurs in our community and we are in conversation with local mariachis to figure out programming for the community space.
  • We’ve been working with cultural entrepreneurs for over a decade and through our community wealth services, we can help mariachis prepare to apply for units in our housing sites. 


  • ELACC will NOT evict small businesses around the plaza. At ELACC, we value our small business neighbors, they are the lifeline of the community and we are committed to preserving the businesses on and around the plaza.
  • ELACC has worked with small businesses on Mariachi Plaza and the First Street Corridor for nearly a decade and helped form the First Street Community Businesses Association to combat displacement.
  • Do your part and BUY LOCAL from the businesses at and around the Plaza and along the 1st Street Corridor!


  • ELACC currently provides homes for nearly 2,000 low- and moderate-income residents across the Eastside.
  • Lucha Reyes Apartments will add another 60 units of affordable housing to the area.
  • ELACC believes housing is a human right and is dedicated to providing residents quality housing that the community deserves and needs.
  • Find out more about our properties and the tenants we serve on our website.


  • Our commercial tenants are local entrepreneurs, community-based organizations, and cultural institutions.
  • Support our commercial tenants at the Boyle Hotel across from Mariachi Plaza: Libros Schmibros, La Monarca, and Adame Salon.
  • ELACC partners with other organizations to provide Community Owned Real Estate (CORE) that helps local businesses own the spaces they lease.

Project Galley

Residents formed a Design Committee in October 2018 to achieve the final design with our architect.