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Re: El Sereno Village Commercialization Plan : July 26 Update

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  • Tom Williams
    Ain t money wonderful   The current owner bought the hill at the wrong time - real estate market crashed so now he appears to be trying to get the zoning
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 28, 2013
      Ain't money wonderful
      The current owner bought the hill at the wrong time - real estate market crashed so now he appears to be trying to get the zoning variance so he can flip it and get out of the $$Black Hole
      Also on Friday I found that the developer needs to get the commercial rezoning in order to qualify for the Enterprise Zone tax breaks and subsidies...
      Justified "commercial rezoning" to provide�the "Transition" between the intense commercialization north of Lombardy and the single family residences to the south
      BUT
      From Lombardy to Gambier - two block with 30 commercially zoned parcels only along the east side of Eastern, LAUSD schools for the entire western frontage - OBTW of the 30 parcels 4 are vacant and 5 have store fronts while the others are both single and multi family residential uses....
      Maybe the Transition has already formed.....
      If the Lombardy/Eastern parcel is not developed with commercial the owner� does not get the Enterprise Zone subsidies..
      Plus the set-aside of Hillside Ordinance, 30ft concrete walls on the south and east side, and landscape screening of three palm trees are not neighborhood friendly actions
      California native landscaping using Calif. Lilac/Ceanothus is not the same as the LA Calif Natives of sages - artemesia and salvia
      The MND and Fire control systems are JOKEs
      These are some of the reasons I oppose and will help on any appeal of this "project"
      Tom Williams
      From: Joe Walker
      To: "nelalist@yahoogroups.com"
      Sent: Saturday, July 27, 2013 5:41 PM
      Subject: [nelalist] Re: El Sereno Village Commercialization Plan : July 26 Update
      Great review of the project meeting.
      Did they use any of the buzzwords that developers always use--affordable..sustainable..green..seniors..disabled vets..etc?� My favorite was some developer who said that the owner of the lot he wanted to build a market was owned by a senior citizen on a fixed budget! I'm surprised he didn't say she was a LGBT disabled vet too!� : )
      Joe

      From: Christopher Howard
      To: "nelalist@yahoogroups.com"
      Sent: Friday, July 26, 2013 11:34 AM
      Subject: [nelalist] El Sereno Village Commercialization Plan : July 26 Update
      Just circling back to you following last night's special meeting of the LA32 NC to address the proposed hillside development at Eastern Avenue and Lombardy Blvd in El Sereno. �Over 80 members of the community attended with an overwhelming majority speaking against the proposed project.

      As you may know, the special meeting of the LA32 Board was called at the request of the community, the majority of whom had not been aware of the project until receiving Public Hearing notices from the City of Los Angeles Planning Department last month.

      Al Banagas, owner of Bancomer Development, described the project while projecting slides of project renderings on the wall of the Barrio Action gymnasium on Huntington Drive in El Sereno.�

      With the first image -- a graphic depicting the hilltop development from the approximate view point of Eastern Avenue at Klamath -- �an audible gasp was heard from the audience. �Despite pouring over the city documents related to the project, and working to understand the plan-view diagram and two graphic depictions of building facades in the brochure distributed by Bancomer this month, the audience was clearly shocked by the immensity of the buildings as shown.�

      Mr. Banegas quickly criticized the graphics, saying it wasn't as bad as it looked, and flipped through the remainder of the slides, coming to rest on a slightly less impactful aerial view of the proposed structure while he completed his review.

      One point of contention was Mr. Banegas' insistence that the 20 unit housing is proposed to be owner-occupied townhomes, not rental apartments. �Documents obtained from the Department of Planning�http://90032.org/docs/bancomer-mitigated-negative%20declaration.pdf�describe the residential component as "20 unit live work residential townhome-style apartments." �A member of the audience pointed to the recently distributed marketing brochure �http://90032.org/docs/bancomer-eastern-lombardy-brochure.pdf�produced and distributed by Bancomer Development that describes the 2-story housing units as "available for rent at market rate" and provides a site plan on which the housing is labeled as "20 Units Apartment Complex"

      Despite being granted only 60 seconds each, every community member who stood to speak communicated intelligently, thoughtfully and passionately. �Concerns included the number of existing empty commercial and residential structures already in the community, the unsuitability of a project that relies on so many significant variances to existing policy, increased traffic, and issues of safety both during the multi-year construction period and in the future given the stretched resources of area fire and police staff. �One speaker expressed anger at having to fight development off of El Sereno's hillsides saying that NE LA's more affluent communities of Mt. Washington and Silverlake are not targeted in the same way. Most often cited was the developer's failure to comply with the area's protective Northeast LA Hillsides Ordinance and his requests for variance to key elements of the Ordinance.

      Many community members had hoped the LA32 Board would vote at this meeting on whether to revoke approval of the project issued by a previous Board in 2012. However, a quorum of Board members was not present. �The LA32 Board's Executive Committee will meet next week, Wednesday 7/ 24 at 6 p.m. in the Barrio Action gymnasium, 4927 Huntington Drive North. Members of the community are invited to attend.

      Staffers from the CD14 office of Jose Huizar, an active proponent of hillside preservation and key in the development of the Northeast LA Hillsides Ordinance, were in attendance to hear the community's concerns and direct requests to deny re-zoning of this El Sereno hillside. �Kevin Ocubillo, the Councilman's Planning Deputy, outlined next steps saying that the policy decision to grant or deny a re-zoning request is made by the City Council. �The project will be reviewed by the City's Planning Commission on August 8, the City's Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee (date TBA), and finally the City Council (date also TBA). The public is welcome to attend each of the meetings.

      As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, and many thanks for your time and interest.

      Melisa Kellogg
      El Sereno Resident




    • Tom Williams
      Been here many times there are a lot of commercially zoned properties that are vacant and can be used   Since I come out of UCBerk.67-78 - You ain t seen
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 29, 2013
        Been here many times
        there are a lot of commercially zoned properties that are vacant and can be used
        Since I come out of UCBerk.67-78 - You ain't seen nothing yet - these guys are whimps - I do rank in the Seniors and Nam but not as a Vet but my uncle and grandfather were vets of WWII and WWI
        Shall we talk about the Transit Village - we may try to get them approved for CSULA at the 10/710 or at the Monterey Road/Huntington Intersection - but we are fighting the situation at Soto/Mission/Hunt.Dr.
        �The power of democracies is awesome but what I have seen amongst various dictatorships has not been pleasant - in Pakistan, Afganistan, Iran, Mideast, Syria, Cairo, Iraq, SEAsia,�China, Korea, and Japan�
        As for the Greens - I know how to deal with those also...been around but I have avoided DC whenever possible
        I read a lot and try to do a lot...life has been good to me and I try to do the same for others....
        I really like to blog but the wife says cut it off...OBTW I have done transit villages
        Tom
        From: Joe Walker
        To: "nelalist@yahoogroups.com" ; "ctwilliams2012@..."
        Sent: Monday, July 29, 2013 8:38 AM
        Subject: Re: [nelalist] Re: El Sereno Village Commercialization Plan : July 26 Update
        Tom,
        What do you want to bet that next time the developer buses in a group of LGBT Senior Citizen Disabled War Vets to say they will benefit from the project and if that doesn't work, the same Bike Bullies that crowd all the Eagle Rock and Highland Park meetings will say this is a green sustainable project and we are all monsters for opposing it?
        Joe

        From: Tom Williams
        To: "nelalist@yahoogroups.com"
        Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:16 PM
        Subject: [nelalist] Re: El Sereno Village Commercialization Plan : July 26 Update
        Ain't money wonderful
        The current owner bought the hill at the wrong time - real estate market crashed so now he appears to be trying to get the zoning variance so he can flip it and get out of the $$Black Hole
        Also on Friday I found that the developer needs to get the commercial rezoning in order to qualify for the Enterprise Zone tax breaks and subsidies...
        Justified "commercial rezoning" to provide�the "Transition" between the intense commercialization north of Lombardy and the single family residences to the south
        BUT
        From Lombardy to Gambier - two block with 30 commercially zoned parcels only along the east side of Eastern, LAUSD schools for the entire western frontage - OBTW of the 30 parcels 4 are vacant and 5 have store fronts while the others are both single and multi family residential uses....
        Maybe the Transition has already formed.....
        If the Lombardy/Eastern parcel is not developed with commercial the owner� does not get the Enterprise Zone subsidies..
        Plus the set-aside of Hillside Ordinance, 30ft concrete walls on the south and east side, and landscape screening of three palm trees are not neighborhood friendly actions
        California native landscaping using Calif. Lilac/Ceanothus is not the same as the LA Calif Natives of sages - artemesia and salvia
        The MND and Fire control systems are JOKEs
        These are some of the reasons I oppose and will help on any appeal of this "project"
        Tom Williams
        From: Joe Walker
        To: "nelalist@yahoogroups.com"
        Sent: Saturday, July 27, 2013 5:41 PM
        Subject: [nelalist] Re: El Sereno Village Commercialization Plan : July 26 Update
        Great review of the project meeting.
        Did they use any of the buzzwords that developers always use--affordable..sustainable..green..seniors..disabled vets..etc?� My favorite was some developer who said that the owner of the lot he wanted to build a market was owned by a senior citizen on a fixed budget! I'm surprised he didn't say she was a LGBT disabled vet too!� : )
        Joe

        From: Christopher Howard
        To: "nelalist@yahoogroups.com"
        Sent: Friday, July 26, 2013 11:34 AM
        Subject: [nelalist] El Sereno Village Commercialization Plan : July 26 Update
        Just circling back to you following last night's special meeting of the LA32 NC to address the proposed hillside development at Eastern Avenue and Lombardy Blvd in El Sereno. �Over 80 members of the community attended with an overwhelming majority speaking against the proposed project.

        As you may know, the special meeting of the LA32 Board was called at the request of the community, the majority of whom had not been aware of the project until receiving Public Hearing notices from the City of Los Angeles Planning Department last month.

        Al Banagas, owner of Bancomer Development, described the project while projecting slides of project renderings on the wall of the Barrio Action gymnasium on Huntington Drive in El Sereno.�

        With the first image -- a graphic depicting the hilltop development from the approximate view point of Eastern Avenue at Klamath -- �an audible gasp was heard from the audience. �Despite pouring over the city documents related to the project, and working to understand the plan-view diagram and two graphic depictions of building facades in the brochure distributed by Bancomer this month, the audience was clearly shocked by the immensity of the buildings as shown.�

        Mr. Banegas quickly criticized the graphics, saying it wasn't as bad as it looked, and flipped through the remainder of the slides, coming to rest on a slightly less impactful aerial view of the proposed structure while he completed his review.

        One point of contention was Mr. Banegas' insistence that the 20 unit housing is proposed to be owner-occupied townhomes, not rental apartments. �Documents obtained from the Department of Planning�http://90032.org/docs/bancomer-mitigated-negative%20declaration.pdf�describe the residential component as "20 unit live work residential townhome-style apartments." �A member of the audience pointed to the recently distributed marketing brochure �http://90032.org/docs/bancomer-eastern-lombardy-brochure.pdf�produced and distributed by Bancomer Development that describes the 2-story housing units as "available for rent at market rate" and provides a site plan on which the housing is labeled as "20 Units Apartment Complex"

        Despite being granted only 60 seconds each, every community member who stood to speak communicated intelligently, thoughtfully and passionately. �Concerns included the number of existing empty commercial and residential structures already in the community, the unsuitability of a project that relies on so many significant variances to existing policy, increased traffic, and issues of safety both during the multi-year construction period and in the future given the stretched resources of area fire and police staff. �One speaker expressed anger at having to fight development off of El Sereno's hillsides saying that NE LA's more affluent communities of Mt. Washington and Silverlake are not targeted in the same way. Most often cited was the developer's failure to comply with the area's protective Northeast LA Hillsides Ordinance and his requests for variance to key elements of the Ordinance.

        Many community members had hoped the LA32 Board would vote at this meeting on whether to revoke approval of the project issued by a previous Board in 2012. However, a quorum of Board members was not present. �The LA32 Board's Executive Committee will meet next week, Wednesday 7/ 24 at 6 p.m. in the Barrio Action gymnasium, 4927 Huntington Drive North. Members of the community are invited to attend.

        Staffers from the CD14 office of Jose Huizar, an active proponent of hillside preservation and key in the development of the Northeast LA Hillsides Ordinance, were in attendance to hear the community's concerns and direct requests to deny re-zoning of this El Sereno hillside. �Kevin Ocubillo, the Councilman's Planning Deputy, outlined next steps saying that the policy decision to grant or deny a re-zoning request is made by the City Council. �The project will be reviewed by the City's Planning Commission on August 8, the City's Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee (date TBA), and finally the City Council (date also TBA). The public is welcome to attend each of the meetings.

        As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, and many thanks for your time and interest.

        Melisa Kellogg
        El Sereno Resident




      • Tom Williams
        Today   Recommendation Report, Dpt. City Planning Recd Deny and Not Adopt a General Plan Amendment Zoning Height Change MND Adopt Findings Tom
        Message 3 of 5 , Aug 3, 2013
          Today
          Recommendation Report, Dpt. City Planning
          Recd Deny and Not Adopt
          a General Plan Amendment
          Zoning Height Change
          MND
          Adopt Findings
          Tom

          From: Christopher Howard
          To: "nelalist@yahoogroups.com"
          Sent: Friday, July 26, 2013 11:34 AM
          Subject: [nelalist] El Sereno Village Commercialization Plan : July 26 Update
          Just circling back to you following last night's special meeting of the LA32 NC to address the proposed hillside development at Eastern Avenue and Lombardy Blvd in El Sereno. �Over 80 members of the community attended with an overwhelming majority speaking against the proposed project.

          As you may know, the special meeting of the LA32 Board was called at the request of the community, the majority of whom had not been aware of the project until receiving Public Hearing notices from the City of Los Angeles Planning Department last month.

          Al Banagas, owner of Bancomer Development, described the project while projecting slides of project renderings on the wall of the Barrio Action gymnasium on Huntington Drive in El Sereno.�

          With the first image -- a graphic depicting the hilltop development from the approximate view point of Eastern Avenue at Klamath -- �an audible gasp was heard from the audience. �Despite pouring over the city documents related to the project, and working to understand the plan-view diagram and two graphic depictions of building facades in the brochure distributed by Bancomer this month, the audience was clearly shocked by the immensity of the buildings as shown.�

          Mr. Banegas quickly criticized the graphics, saying it wasn't as bad as it looked, and flipped through the remainder of the slides, coming to rest on a slightly less impactful aerial view of the proposed structure while he completed his review.

          One point of contention was Mr. Banegas' insistence that the 20 unit housing is proposed to be owner-occupied townhomes, not rental apartments. �Documents obtained from the Department of Planning�http://90032.org/docs/bancomer-mitigated-negative%20declaration.pdf�describe the residential component as "20 unit live work residential townhome-style apartments." �A member of the audience pointed to the recently distributed marketing brochure �http://90032.org/docs/bancomer-eastern-lombardy-brochure.pdf�produced and distributed by Bancomer Development that describes the 2-story housing units as "available for rent at market rate" and provides a site plan on which the housing is labeled as "20 Units Apartment Complex"

          Despite being granted only 60 seconds each, every community member who stood to speak communicated intelligently, thoughtfully and passionately. �Concerns included the number of existing empty commercial and residential structures already in the community, the unsuitability of a project that relies on so many significant variances to existing policy, increased traffic, and issues of safety both during the multi-year construction period and in the future given the stretched resources of area fire and police staff. �One speaker expressed anger at having to fight development off of El Sereno's hillsides saying that NE LA's more affluent communities of Mt. Washington and Silverlake are not targeted in the same way. Most often cited was the developer's failure to comply with the area's protective Northeast LA Hillsides Ordinance and his requests for variance to key elements of the Ordinance.

          Many community members had hoped the LA32 Board would vote at this meeting on whether to revoke approval of the project issued by a previous Board in 2012. However, a quorum of Board members was not present. �The LA32 Board's Executive Committee will meet next week, Wednesday 7/ 24 at 6 p.m. in the Barrio Action gymnasium, 4927 Huntington Drive North. Members of the community are invited to attend.

          Staffers from the CD14 office of Jose Huizar, an active proponent of hillside preservation and key in the development of the Northeast LA Hillsides Ordinance, were in attendance to hear the community's concerns and direct requests to deny re-zoning of this El Sereno hillside. �Kevin Ocubillo, the Councilman's Planning Deputy, outlined next steps saying that the policy decision to grant or deny a re-zoning request is made by the City Council. �The project will be reviewed by the City's Planning Commission on August 8, the City's Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee (date TBA), and finally the City Council (date also TBA). The public is welcome to attend each of the meetings.

          As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, and many thanks for your time and interest.

          Melisa Kellogg
          El Sereno Resident




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