Save our public green space from being merged into private development

Save our public green space from being merged into private development

0 have signed. Let’s get to 1,000!
At 1,000 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!

HP Community started this petition to Gil Cedillo and

Please join your Council District 1 community in urging the City of Los Angeles to refrain from giving 9,600 sf of public green space to a private developer.

A large condominium project has been proposed on the SE corner of N. Figueroa Street and Pasadena Avenue. Adjacent to the site lies a public green space with mature trees that serves as a gathering spot, and as part of a gateway into Highland Park, Cypress Park and Mount Washington.

The proposed building, at 7-stories and 72-feet high, will be substantially taller than any other building in Northeast Los Angeles, due to multiple urban housing incentives meant to encourage construction of affordable housing near transit hubs.

See more images and maps of the area here.

Without the taking of the public land, the building is already allowed 80 units on a 37,000 sf lot, far denser than other similar properties in the area, with 8 of those units designated as affordable. But if allowed to take over this 9,600 sf public green space, it would be allowed 20 additional units with only 2 additional affordable units. The façade of this tall building will come up close to the existing sidewalk, obstructing visibility at a high-speed and high-traffic intersection. It will adversely change the visual identity of our community, setting an example for generations to come.

We do not oppose the construction of this condominium project in itself.

What we are asking is that this 9,600 sf of public green space:

  • to not be gifted to a private developer.
  • to be maintained, in its entirety, as a green buffer between the building and the intersection.

We believe that the preservation of this public green space:

  • will help to mitigate the enormous scale that this building presents to the surrounding communities, and,
  • the preservation of the mature Oaks and Sycamore will bring value to the future inhabitants of the development as well as the communities of Highland Park, Cypress Park and Mount Washington.

We ask for the City of Los Angeles to respect this crossroads of our three communities, and to act to preserve the cohesion and the green spaces at this intersection.

We’re hoping to get at least 500 community member signatures so that we can bring this petition to our councilman, Gil Cedillo, the Planning Department and the developers, in the hopes that they reconsider giving away and building over this public land.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 1,000!
At 1,000 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!