A new report on LAStreetsBlog.org reports that Metro is planning to seize hundreds of homes along a corridor from Downey and running through Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera, West Whittier, City of Whittier, and North Whittier (including the homes by Rose Hills).
The proposal would require the demolition a state historical landmark, Pio Pico's Mansion as well as the Motel 6 and other businesses along Pioneer Blvd that have been there for several decades, including West Whittier's oldest Denny's.
Metro is calling the project the "I-605 Corridor Improvement Project". Metro is spending at least $10 billion on the program.
According to Metro's own estimate, at least 11 homes in Whittier could be seized and bulldozed with the owners or occupants being kicked out on to the street.
The agency is also planning to seize and demolish hundreds of single family homes in a working class neighborhood in Downey whose residents don't have the money to just pick up and go somewhere else, as wealthy elitists are able to do. And those who live in West Whittier tend to be in the same boat, with West Whittier traditionally being a working class community whose residents are heavily invested and would be hard pressed to find new homes else where.
Public hearings are being planned for 2021 but the agency has already started receiving feed back as of 2021, much of which it has dismissed as not worth considering.