The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Forum

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.

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The Van Luit Complex is officially a landmark for the City of LA!

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.

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LA Breakfast Club Grant

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!

Living Down by the River

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.

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Historical Resources Assessment: 4000 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Los Angeles,” by Historical Resources Group, August 12, 2015

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.

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