Save our State Park: Tell Trammell Crow Company to Back Off Taylor Yard
  • Petitioned Bradley T. Cox

This petition was delivered to:

Trammell Crow Company
Bradley T. Cox
Supervisor Gloria Molina
Councilmember Ed Reyes
Senator Kevin DeLeon
Assemblymember Gil Cedillo
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Save our State Park: Tell Trammell Crow Company to Back Off Taylor Yard

    1. The River Project
    2. Petition by

      The River Project

      Los Angeles, CA

Rio de Los Angeles State Park would never have been realized without the collective work and will of the surrounding communities, river activists and conservation groups. The fulfillment of the park master plan means extending the park to the banks of the Los Angeles River, with the acquisition of Taylor Yard’s 44-acre Parcel G2.


Now we need YOUR help to ensure that Parcel G2 is not, instead, developed into an industrial site.

For river activists, Taylor Yard – a former Union Pacific railyard with over two miles of historic Los Angeles River frontage near downtown Los Angeles - has always represented the brass ring. It is the largest undeveloped parcel on the LA River, presenting extraordinary opportunities for river restoration, stormwater detention, recreational resources and economic revitalization for the densely populated, underserved adjacent communities.


In 2001, The Coalition for a State Park at Taylor Yard, organized by The River Project, filed a successful legal action against the City of Los Angeles, the Union Pacific Railroad, and Lennar Partners, to prevent a 650,000 sq. ft. industrial development at the site. Together, we advocated for a 100-acre urban park along the Los Angeles River that would meet recreational needs, connect the community to the River, and restore some of our fast-disappearing native habitat. California State Parks has committed to facilitating this integrated vision, which has since been widely adopted by numerous elected officials and government agencies.


After a decade of controversy, lawsuits and relentless community activism, phase one of Rio de Los Angeles State Park - the first new State Park in Los Angeles in a generation - opened to the public on Earth Day of 2007.


The Union Pacific Railroad has taken a phased approach to abandoning and selling off parcels of land at Taylor Yard. The State purchased 18 acres of riverfront when it became available in 2003. The railroad finally demolished the facilities at Parcel G2 in late 2009, but various factors have thus far complicated public acquisition.


Now, Trammell Crow Company has entered into a purchase option agreement with Union Pacific Railroad, with the stated intention of developing Parcel G2 for industrial use. Given that the site’s severe access constraints and its proximity to the park, the school, and the river would make developing anything other than open space very difficult, some have speculated that they plan to purchase the land, then sell to the state in order to realize a substantial, unearned profit. This purchase option expires at the end of 2011.  (Trammell Crow has now extended their option through June of 2012.)


Therefore, members of the Coalition for a State Park at Taylor Yard and many new supporters have written a joint letter to Trammell Crow strongly urging them to immediately drop their purchase option.


Please help us make Trammell Crow understand that any intervention at Parcel G2 makes them a bad actor against communities and the environment of Los Angeles. Let them know you stand with the Coalition’s vision of Rio de Los Angeles State Park as a 100-acre urban oasis with 2 miles of River frontage.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Trammell Crow has chosen to extend their purchase option through June 2012.

      The River Project
      Petition Organizer

      Let’s continue to make it clear that what we want is for them to drop their option and walk away before investing any more time or resources in the site.

      If you live or work near Rio de Los Angeles State Park, please use the comment section to note your stakeholder status.

      Trammell Crow has directed their consultants to work with the DTSC* to assess environmental issues at the site and to address their concerns. They state they’ve committed to Councilman Reyes not to move forward with any specific development plans until having had a dialogue with the local stakeholders “including the environmental community.” The more they invest in the site, the less likely it becomes that they will walk away without expecting a profit.

      *Dept. of Toxic Substances Control

    3. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • cody ogden SHERMAN OAKS, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up in the wilderness around trees and the water . lets keep every tree we can around and give our city kids a site of a tree insted of a parking lot.

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    • Kim Johnson LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Please take your Industrial Site inland.... we are trying to beautify, improve and raise property values in this area that is so close to a beautiful and revitalized downtown LA. There is already too much traffic in this area. Additional pollutants so close to children playing and learning does not seem like the best choice for your business. Thank you, however, in your interest. We gladly accept any funding you would like to provide for further beautification of our area.

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    • kay brown LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Worked hard to get public access at Taylor!! Won't give up now!!

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    • Mark Hanna HERMOSA BEACH, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      River front open space is extremely limited in Los Angeles, and is necessary for integrated water resource approaches to improving water quality, habitat, and recreational opportunities.

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    • Michele de la Rosa CULVER CITY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      We don't need more industrialization. We absolutely do need to restore natural habitat and do everything we can to clean up and replenish local waters so future generations of people and wildlife can live healthy lives.

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