Los Angeles City Hall. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles City Hall. Photo by John Schreiber.

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to reject a proposal to build a re-entry center in South Los Angeles that would house individuals who were recently released from prison or jail.

The council backed a decision by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee to deny the project proposed by Geo Reentry, Inc. to build a 140-bed residential facility at 1730 W. Vernon Ave., for “former inmates and parolees transitioning into society.”

Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who is a member of the planning committee and whose district includes the proposed project site, opposed the project, saying the corner chosen for the facility “is a prime spot for business.”

“I’m proud that my colleagues and I took a stand in rejecting the proposal for a re-entry facility to be built in an area that is better suited for economic development,” he said.

The denial of the project, which was known as the Bridge Back Reentry Center, came in response to an appeal by activist Cheryl Branch.

Earlier in the project’s application process, there had been support for the facility, with the neighborhood council for the area, the Empowerment Congress Central Area Neighborhood Development Council, giving it its blessing last year.

–City News Service

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