L.A. City Council Approves Building Controversial $1.2 Billion Skyscraper in Historic South-Central

Dozens of residents speak out against the Reef redevelopment project at a news conference outside City Hall on on Nov. 1, 2016. (Credit: Angel Jennings / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles City Council approved a controversial plan Tuesday to build a $1.2-billion residential, hotel, and retail skyscraper project in Historic South-Central that community activists said would lead to increased housing costs and displacement of low-income residents.

Minutes after the council passed the development of the Reef Project with a 12-0 vote, the audience erupted in chants of, “No to the Reef! The community does not approve!” and “Shame on Price!” a verbal admonishment directed at Councilman Curren Price, an early supporter of the project.

No protesters were escorted out of the meeting, something that happened three weeks ago during a meeting of the Planning and Land Use Commission, which drew hundreds of supporters and critics of the project.

During a phone interview, Price said he understood the concern of some residents.

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