The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Los Angeles District, will be holding a public forum to discuss topics of interest relating to the Corps’ activities along the Los Angeles River and specifically, within the area referred to as “Glendale Narrows.”
Date: August 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, California 90027
Please see view this PDF for details.
On May 18, the LA City Council approved the Van Luit Complex Nomination and it officially became a landmark for the City of Los Angeles. This marks an important step in the preservation of LA’s LGBT, architectural and design history.
Thank you to everyone who devoted their time and expertise to making this happen. This would not have been possible without the groundswell of support from neighbors, equestrians, community groups, and experts in LGBT history, architecture, design, and film & tv production.
Everyone’s tireless efforts paid off!
Atwater Village is an impressive community, and together we have the power to help shape our neighborhood.
Community Fighting the good fight in Atwater Village.
Atwater Community unites to stop developer requesting high density housing that would be the beginning of the end of 100 year old equestrian area protected by Agricultural zoning:
Local newspaper the Los Feliz Ledger reports on Atwater Village community progress:
PRESERVING URBAN EQUESTRIANS:
Great news — The Children’s Ranch Foundation (which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit) was awarded a $1,500 grant from the Los Angeles Breakfast Club “to help [us] in [our] efforts in maintaining the need for a low-density equestrian buffer zone in the Atwater district.”
The Children’s Ranch Foundation will use the funds to pay Charlie Fisher for his work on the Van Luit Complex Historical-Cultural Monument application nomination.
Thank you all (and especially Netty Carr and Carrie Sutkin!) for the research and work you did as part of AVA’s presentation to the Breakfast Club, and the work each of you do every day to preserve the area!
Our vision for the Los Angeles River in the neighborhoods north of Downtown Los Angeles is to establish an environmentally sensitive urban oasis, with open space, recreational areas, educational facilities, and a thriving, ecologically-functioning River.
This vision aligns with the goals the Ad Hoc River Committee laid out in 2002 for the Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan. We believe that, by focusing on these priorities, we will organically realize improvements that relate to the historic themes of our river and our diverse communities.
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Who is in charge of the LA River? The US Army Corps of Engineers is not funded adequately to maintain or improve the River channel that it built from 1938-1940. Today, LA County is the local permittee, which means that they act on behalf of the US Army corps in issuing permits, upon review and approval by other public agencies.
What are the current plans? One, is for the US Army Corps and the City jointly to restore 11 miles of River, from Downtown to Griffith Park, for an estimated $3 billion dollars. This reportedly requires a 100% match from LA City. The Mayor’s office has assembled the River Department Specialists under his office. At the current time, LA Architect Frank Gehry is working pro-bono on a vision for the LA River Revitalization Corporation.
Who operates and maintains the parks and trails on the LA River? Along the west bank, the City contracts with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps provides graffiti removal. The City of LA maintains the bike path. We need more landscape maintenance. In Elysian Valley, community groups are asking for improved lighting. Please contact: www: laconservationcorps.org or www.smmc.mrca.gov.
How can we add parks, trees, a pedestrian path, a bridge to Downtown and continuous landscaped improvements on a bike path into Sepulveda Basin? City leaders reportedly lack local funds to accomplish this, so they are asking residents to support the Army Corps Study, Alternative 20, and $1 billion in Economic Development Growth bonds to fund cost of infrastructure. Meanwhile private donations to the LA River Revitalization Corporation are growing.
How can I help?
1. Enjoy the River’s biology and natural history. Take a walk, bike, horse or kayak ride.
2. Visit Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) at North Atwater Park. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Get involved in the River…Attend Atwater Village Neighborhood Council- River Committee
4. Write letters to your Councilperson, the LA River Revitalization Corporation and Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Keuhl on projects you care most about.
5. Report nuisances on the east or west bank of the river or in the channel to: County Department of Public Works, Flood Maintenance Division, (626) 458-4000.
6. Visit Friends of Atwater Village Always for updates www.atwatervillagealways.org
We are happy to share findings of national architectural significance regarding the former Van Luit Wallpaper Factory and Showroom located at 4000 E. Chevy Chase Drive, recently reported by the Historic Resources Group (HRG). See attached 39-page memo by HRG.
We have sent HRG’s memo to the City of LA. We hope that the preservation community will support a request for an EIR that provides alternatives such as adaptive reuse of these buildings on the site. We will notify everyone of the release of the environmental document, and at that time we will have 20 days to review the document and provide formal comments to Greg Shoop, regarding case CPC 2014-4062, 621 City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, LA CA 90012.
Our next step is for HRG to survey the rest of the North Atwater neighborhood, which has historic ties to the Rancho Period, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, early Hollywood, and post war Hollywood. We are also exploring the opportunity to save this landmark through City (and possibly State and National) designation.