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Yard Buildings, Fence Gone; Blue Fence Coming; Bonin Wants Yard

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City Maintenance Yard on Thatcher with all the buildings and six-foot wall down.

Blue Fence Coming

Yard to be fenced with wrought iron (with curve), 8-foot BLUE fence, according to Debbie Dyner-Harris, District Director for Councilman Mike Bonin.

You may have seen how they are progressing well on the Yard demolition. I wanted to let you know about the fencing you’ll be seeing shortly. It is still 8′ wrought iron, with a curve on the top. However, the location of the fencing has been slightly changed. Sanitation was going to install the fencing on the outside of the trees to prevent people from climbing the trees to access the empty lot. However, it was determined that the trees’ root systems and property line location would make that installation very problematic, including either significantly damaging the root systems or putting the fencing in the public right of way. We don’t want to hurt the trees, and we can’t put the fence in the easement, so we have to put it inside the trees.

It will be set back from the trees farther than where the current wall is now, and the design of the fencing will make it pretty impossible for anyone to get in and certainly out as there are no footholds on the fencing. In general, we think the fact that there will be nowhere to hide out there, or even get out, should be significant deterrents.

Finally, rather than giving you a black wrought iron ugly fence to look at, it is going to be blue, as a reminder of how close you are to the ocean. I hope that is okay!

Bonin Wants Yard for Housing

Councilman Mike Bonin announced several months ago that the City Maintenance Yard on Thatcher was being considered for affordable housing.  The following is the letter he distributed to members of the community in close proximity.

Los Angeles is taking action to address the City’s housing shortage, stem the dramatic loss of affordable housing, and put an end to homelessness. The City of Los Angeles is determined to solve these issues, and earlier this year approved its Comprehensive Homelessness Strategy report to address homelessness and the housing crisis.

A critical component of the City’s Homelessness Strategy involves evaluating existing surplus, vacant or underused City-owned properties – either by building affordable housing on-site, or by selling the property to build housing at another location. The City will be examining all of its surplus, vacant and underused properties for these purposes – and one of the first ones we are evaluating are Thatcher Yard (at 3233 S. Thatcher Avenue) in Venice.

Mayor Garcetti and I have asked the City Administrative Officer (CAO) to begin a public process to best determine how to utilize the property. Should we offer a long-term lease to a developer who builds a mix of housing and other neighborhood amenities on site? Should we sell it to the highest-bidder and build affordable housing at another location? Should we do something different?

In the coming months, we will be holding public meetings in your community and distributing public surveys to get your feedback. We will also be creating an advisory panel of local residents to help consider and vet ideas for the property.

As a first step, the CAO is going to ask housing developers to look at our surplus, vacant and underused City properties and generate ideas for public consideration. That will give the City, you, and your neighbors a range of possibilities to evaluate and refine for further public discussion.

Please share this information with your neighbors, friends or colleagues. To share your views on how to best utilize the surplus, vacant or underused property to address the housing crisis, or if you would like to receive updates on the public process, please visit http://www.11thdistrict.com/potential_affordable_housing_opportunities_comments.

Regards,

MIKE BONIN
Councilmember, 11th District

Comments (8)

  1. anonymous

    BONIN has to go! We have to come together as a community and let Bonin know that he’s finished, he will not be re-elected. He blew it.

  2. Graham

    Anybody who actually believes that the City of L.A. is ever going to be able to house all these homeless people is being very naive. That is why free storage and port-a-potties where they congregate is a good option. It gets their stuff off the sidewalk and is a whole lot cheaper than tax-payer funded housing for thousands of people who would still be unemployable even if the unemployment rate were to drop to 0%.

  3. Angela McGregor

    Using such a valuable piece of property to house 20 people in the midst of a homelessness crisis is ludicrous. At 93,000 square feet, fair market value of the Yard (based on recent sales nearby) is about $400 a sf, or close to $350 million. That’s more than twice the money earmarked to “end homelessness” in L.A.’s entire city budget! Furthermore, with almost half of the 1000 people living on Venice’s streets suffering from mental illness, what’s needed is outreach, treatment and stabilization. Why is Bonin offering storage and beach front condos? This proposal makes no sense whatsoever.

    • Y. N. Yu

      I think you meant 35 million dollars.

    • heidi

      The $137 million budget the City of LA has budgeted toward ending homelessness INCLUDES the value of both the Thatcher Yard and the Venice Blvd. median lot. Back of envelope math says that Venice property represents about half of the “budget” the City of LA has comitted. Funny math to most. Budgeting to politicians. Helps to understand why Bonin is so feverishly committed to a plan that doesn’t make sense to most.

      • reta

        You have got to be kidding. Never heard of this type of figure calculation … manipulation. This is a new world to me.

    • Paul

      The residences of Venice endure enough already with the influx of thousands of visitors every day! Bonin is out of touch with the impact the laws he’s suspended (regarding the homeless) is having. The fact is, 90 percent of these people living on our streets are not going to go anywhere, do anything they are told, or store their piles of junk neatly in a facility, no matter what is offered to them. If the laws are enforced (as they should be) they will have no choice but to consider an alternative and only then may come an opportunity to communicate with them in a positive way. The illegal options they are exploiting will no longer be a reality. When that goes away, then they will have to embrace it and ( only then) can a real change in their lifestyle have to be considered. Let’s not forget these poor people need help but are not willing to seek it out. Mr. Bonin please stop fooling yourself at everyone else’s expense.

  4. Simona Ivry

    Being an active resident of Oxford triangle and discussing with the Neighbours what is the best for the community it was decided that single family housing will be the best of all.
    We all feel for homeless people and would like to help them with all our hart. But this particular area does not serve well for this purpose.
    The homeless people should live in closer proximity to the vocational centers and more developed public transportation ( metro and busses) in order for them be able to start rehabilitation process.
    Mental health institutions with professional psychologists, psychiatric help and mental hospitals should be available for them and should be near by for most of them unable to drive and should be able to use public transportation or be able to walk to the clinics.
    This is the most important point that should be addressed while seeking for the place to build housing for the homeless population.

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