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COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON GLENDALE/HYPERION BRIDGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Atwater’s Neighborhood Council / Government Relations Committee is seeking input from bona fide stakeholders on three draft proposal for the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge Project. Input can be provided via a comment card (see link below). For more information contact the AVNC at board@atwatervillage.org.

Click here to download Glendale/Hyperion Bridge Improvement Project Comment Card (PDF File)

Click here to download proposal exhibits (PDF File)

Atwater Village Town Hall Meeting, Jan 23rd

Atwater Village Town Hall Meeting
Sponsored by the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council
Thursday, January 23rd 2014 – 7pm
3852 Edenhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Atwater’s Neighborhood Council would like your help to determine if Glendale Blvd would be a good site for a streets cape change through a new LA City program called “People St.” Mayor Garcetti has already stated that Atwater Village’s Glendale Boulevard is one of LA’s “great streets”. Would adding pedestrian amenities make it even better, or worse?

Should this happen? What should it look like? Make your voice be heard at the Town Hall Meeting

For more information contact torin@atwatervillage.org

LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY GIFT: ATWATER VILLAGE BOOK

To all you Villagers who love your neighborhood: Get to know our local history with the Arcadia Publishing Book “ATWATER VILLAGE”. The book is authored by Friends of Atwater Village, a volunteer group dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of our Village. It’s an ideal gift for your neighbor, fellow pet sitter or to teach your children about their neighborhood’s history . As a bonus with each book you purchase you’ll receive a “Atwater Village” license plate cover, choose either Red or Blue.

WE’LL DELIVER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD UNTIL DECEMBER 23rd. Call 323-913-2999 to order. CASH or Checks made to “Friends of Atwater Village”. All donations welcome !

Atwater’s 22nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

UPDATE: HOUSING DEVELOPER TO PRESENT NEW PLAN FOR GLENDALE BLVD DEVELOPMENT

Santa Monica based housing developer, Rethink Development, will present their new plans for the small commercial lot located at 3376 Glendale Blvd at a November community meeting.

The housing developer is using the City’s Small Lot Division Ordinance to subdivide the 9716sf lot into smaller individual lots for the purpose of constructing homes. The previous plan called for 9 smaller parcels; 8 residential and 1 commercial.
Rethink Development is now reducing the number of residential units from 8 to 6, increasing the size of the “yards”, increasing the number of on-street parking spaces, centralizing the trash enclosure, and creating some space between the residential and the commercial space. For a view of their new plans you’ll have to attend the next Atwater Village Neighborhood Council meeting.

Atwater Village Neighborhood Council Board Meeting
Thursday, November 14th 2013 – 7pm
Christ’s Church – 3852 Edenhurst Ave

HYPERION VIADUCT RESTORATION & RETROFIT PROJECT – PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED

The City of Los Angeles has extended the public comment period on the current proposal to restore and retrofit the Hyperion Viaduct until November 7th, so please let your voice be heard.

The current project proposal, which took years to develop with significant community input, includes various vehicular, pedestrian and cyclist safety features. Some of those safety features the realignment of the Interstate 5 freeway off-ramp at Glendale Blvd and a pedestrian / bike bridge over the Los Angeles River on the old Red Car pylons. In addition, the project will restore all historical elements of the bridge and retrofit it to weather large earthquakes.

Click here for the current Hyperion Viaduct Restoration / Retrofit proposal

Click here for Friends of Atwater Village statement on the current proposal

We urge you to lend your voice in support of the current proposal. Your comments can be sent via email to tami.podesta@dot.ca.gov, click here to send email.

Or in writing to:

Tami Podesta
Senior Environmental Planner
Department of Transportation
Division of Environmental Planning
100 South Main Street, Ste. 100
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hyperion Viaduct Retrofit & Restoration Project

Friends of Atwater Village (FAV) would like to express our sincere thanks to the design team that has been working on the retrofit and restoration of our local landmark, the Hyperion Bridge HCM #164.

The bridge retrofit & restoration project was first brought to Atwater Village residents back in 2004. Since then we have seen many changes to the plan. Mr. Wally Stokes had said it best at one of the early community meetings, “No one knows their neighborhood better than the people who live there.” No truer words have been spoken.

FAV, had many suggestions for this project, first and foremost was the protection of all historical elements of the bridge. We also advocated for pedestrian safety, the realignment of the Interstate 5 freeway off-ramp and proposed a pedestrian / bike bridge over the Los Angeles River on the old Red Car pylons. Amazingly all of these things have been incorporated in the plan.

Over the years we have witnessed firsthand a collaboration between the government agencies and local stakeholders to improve the historic bridge and meet the new seismic requirements. Working together we achieved great results. Thanks for giving the community stakeholders a seat at the table. Now pedestrians and bicyclists alike will have a safe way to cross Glendale Blvd and access the Hyperion Bridge stairs to continue their commute to the Silver Lake and Los Feliz communities. The 5 freeway offramp realignment will help alleviate the congestion at the Glenfeliz Blvd turnaround which will in turn keep the traffic from backing up on the bridge.

Lastly, we give our wholehearted thanks to our new Council Member Mitch O’Farrell for sharing our vision, conveying our safety concerns, working with the design team to find a solution and helping to secure the funding. Wenn Chen, Linda Moore and Wally Stokes also deserve special recognition for taking that extra step to work with the community members. We appreciate all their due diligence and hard work.

We look forward to seeing a beautifully restored Hyperion Bridge.

Sincerely,

Netty Carr, Sandra Caravella, Ann Lawson & Luis Lopez
Board, Friends of Atwater Village

LA River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study Finally Released

by FOLAR

The US Army Corps of Engineers has released the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study for review.

This massive study began in 2006 and cost almost $10 million to complete. The 500+ report pages recommend improvements that would restore ecological value and habitat to the Los Angeles River corridor, from Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles, including some concrete removal.

Five plans are presented: a “no action” choice, plus Alternatives 10, 13, 16 & 20. FoLAR emphatically endorses the comprehensive and expansive ALTERNATIVE 20, which is endorsed by the City of Los Angeles. However, the USACE asserts its Tentative Selected Plan as the conservative Alternative 13. Now is the time for the Los Angeles River community to make its voice heard all the way to Washington, DC:

LOS ANGELES DESERVES ALTERNATIVE 20!

The 45-day public comment will begin September 20 and end on November 5. One public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 17 at LA River Center and Gardens, 570 W. Avenue 26, Los Angeles 90065.

YOU CAN HELP NOW! Share the study link on social media. Attend the public meeting on October 17. Encourage your association or group to submit comments to the USACE relating to your local neighborhood near the river.

Call FoLAR at 323-223-0585 with your questions about this complex issue.

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ATWATER VILLAGE ACTION ALERT : Mulholland Memorial Fountain Historic Cultural Monument # 162

The LADWP is seeking to install a 9-foot diameter riveted steel section of the original aqueduct pipe at the corner of Los Feliz Blvd and Riverside Drive, just in front of the Mulholland Memorial Fountain. The pipe is part of the Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial Garden currently being installed on the site.

LADWP’s insistence on placing the pipe is front of the fountain will impede the view of this beautiful iconic landmark. The pipe would mar the pristine view we currently enjoy and it will surely become a graffiti magnet.

Furthermore, the pipe is an interactive display piece made to encourage visitors to the front-side of the property. This will expose visitors to an extreme safety hazard since the busy intersection is used by commuters trying to access both the north and southbound 5-freeway.

The pipe has not yet been installed and there is a window of opportunity to place it in a more appropriate location, like behind the fountain in the grassy lawn area. Placing the pipe behind the fountain will make it a safer place for visitors to enjoy it and preserve the postcard view of this Historic Cultural Monument.

Please let the LADWP project manager and your elected officials know your thoughts, please cc Friends of Atwater Village on your communication. Thank you and time is of the essence so let your voice be heard.

Richard Harasick:  richard.harasick@ladwp.com
Mayor Eric Garcetti:    mayor.garcetti@lacity.org
Council Member Tom LaBonge:  tom.labonge@lacity.org
Council Member Mitch O’Farrell:  councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org

Click here to send email

ATWATER VILLAGE ACTION ALERT: HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ON GLENDALE BLVD.

A Santa Monica based housing developer, Rethink Development, is seeking to cram 8 residential units (along with 1 business unit) in a small commercial lot located at 3376 Glendale Blvd.

The housing developer is using the City’s Small Lot Division Ordinance to subdivide the 9,716sf lot into 9 smaller parcels, 8 residential and 1 commercial. Once subdivided and developed with a “home” each residential parcel would sell at market rate. Prices for the small lot homes are expected to range from $500,000 to $700,000.

3376 Glendale Blvd, located at the corner of Glendale Blvd and La Cleded Ave, was previous used as a parking lot for the Griffith Station Post Office.

In order to squeeze in 8 residential “homes” the developer is seeking to build on almost 100% of the lot, contrary to what is allowed by City ordinance. Specifically, Rethink Development is seeking a conditional use permit to allow yard adjustments to: 1) permit a zero (0) foot side yard between new residential units and between the new residential unit and the commercial unit lieu of the six (6) foot setback required between lots; 2) permit a five (5) foot rear yard in lieu of the 15 (15) foot yard required; 3) permit 2’ minimum horizontal dimension for required common open space (15’) and 2’ for private open space (8’); and 4) allow two inch (2”) separation between buildings on the lot in lieu of the 20-foot and 12-foot required passageways.

This housing development is wrong for Atwater Village. Please lend your voice in opposition to this project, specifically to yard adjustments they are seeking. A public hearing will be held on Thursday, September 26th and now is the time to voice your opposition.

Please email the L.A City Planning Department and our election officials today at the following emails. Click here to send the email, or cut-n-paste: councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org, marisol.salguero@lacity.org, mary.d.rodriguez@lacity.org, marie.rumsey@lacity.org, daryll.mackey@lacity.org.

Please include the Case No.: VTT-72218-SL in all communications…. And encourage your friends and neighbors to voice their opposition to

Click here for hearing notice

Click for the floor plans