CRENSHAW COMMUNITY GARDEN WINS FIRST BATTLE WITH DEVELOPER

JUNE20garden2webIn the last issue we reported on the battle between members of one of the longest working community gardens in Los Angeles, the Crenshaw Community Garden, and developers who purchased a neighboring craftsman house. The developers plan to replace the house with a six-floor apartment building that would block out all the sun the garden needs to survive.

Crenshaw Community Garden members are fighting back against the oversized development and they recently had a small but critical victory.

On July 13, the MidCity Neighborhood Council (MINC) voted to support the garden’s request that the developer reduce the size and setbacks of their proposed oversized apartment building.  Approval of Neighborhood Councils for development plans are highly sought after and prized by developers.  But it exposes them to the scrutiny of local residents and they are often pushed into amending their plans or dropping out.

The next hurdle is the Department of City Planning. MINC’s voice is strong, but we still need more  public support for the foreseeable future.

If you haven’t contacted the city yet, here’s the info:

Send postal mail to:

Vincent P. Bertoni, AICP, Director of City Planning, 200 N. Spring Street, Room #525, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Reference line: “RE: DIR-2019-1006-TOC, ENV-2019-1007-EAF”

Or send email to:

Send a group email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">. In the "Subject" line, put “Regarding File DIR-2019-1006-TOC, ENV-2019-1007-EAF.”

State your connection to the neighborhood. Tell them why you want Crenshaw Community Garden to continue to operate. Also, “Do not approve the TOC incentives for the proposed development at 1433-37 Crenshaw Blvd. Do not approve the setback, the reduction of open space, and the 22’ additional height of the building.” These variances increase the amount of shade on the garden and make the garden unviable.

For more info and updates go to:

www.crenshawcommunitygarden.wordpress.com,

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you very much for your support of a beautiful neighborhood green space and gardening education center! You can visit whenever a gardener is present.
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