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Curbed Wire: Silver Lake Library, Movietown Plaza, Neighborhood Beautification

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SILVER LAKE: Yeah, books! Via a reader: "Construction on the Silver Lake library looks like it's just breezing along. They've got bricks up and the actual structure is taking shape." Last we heard, the library (pictured) is supposed to be finished by late 2008, which seems quite far away. [Curbed InBox]

WEST HOLLYWOOD: A tipster writes in: "The official community meeting for the Casdan planned redevelopment of Movietown Plaza (twin 10-story condo towers, elderly apartments, retail) is tomorrow night." Reports, please! [Curbed Inbox]

LOS ANGELES ET AL: Today, Eric Garcetti announced that $56,000 has been awarded to local organizations in the 13th City Council District to be used for neighborhood beautification projects. One of the projects: Landscaping a new community center being established by the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council. It'll be a 1.9 acre park, doubling the park acreage around the new community center. Full press release with all the listed projects after jump. [Curbed Inbox]

GARCETTI ANNOUNCES GRANT FUNDING FOR NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Council President Eric Garcetti today
announced that more than $56,000 has been awarded to local organizations
in the 13th City Council District to be used for neighborhood
beautification projects. The grants are awarded and administered
through the City of Los Angeles’s Department of Public Works Office of
Community Beautification.

“These funds help local organizations make a real difference in
cleaning up their neighborhoods and providing more opportunities for the
people who live in them. I am excited about all of the projects that
received grant funding and look forward to the day when they are
completed and being used by the community,” said Council President
Garcetti.

The 2007-08 grant recipients in Garcetti’s Council District are:

? Echo Park United Methodist Community Living Room. The Echo Park
United Methodist Church was awarded $8,578 to add benches, trash
receptacles, and other outdoor amenities to its sidewalk space in front
of the church’s main entrance. This space is often used by people
attending the many community meetings held in the church.

? Discover the Wonders of Reading Mural at Clifford Elementary
School. Friends of Clifford Street School was awarded $9,925 to fund a
mural that will promote reading and direct students to the school’s
under-utilized library. Students at the Echo Park school will
participate in creating the mural.

? Landscaping for New Community Center in Hollywood. The
Hollywood Highlands Democratic Club was awarded $8,278 to provide
landscaping for the new community center being established by the
Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council. The Club will install
drought-tolerant plants to create a 1.9 acre park, doubling the park
acreage around the new community center.

? Staying Fit @ Lemon Grove Park’s Trail. The Hollywood Studio
District Neighborhood Council was awarded $10,000 to purchase and
install exercise equipment along the existing trail at Lemon Grove
Park.

? New Gates for the Rosewood Community Beautification Garden. The
Rosewood Community Garden was awarded $10,000 to improve the entrance to
the East Hollywood garden with new steel gates designed by local artist
Michael Amescua.

? Berendo Esquina Bonita Garden and Beautification Project.
Trinity Episcopal Church in East Hollywood was awarded $10,000 for its
Berendo Esquina Bonita project, which includes creating an eco-friendly
garden and lighting to improve safety after dark.

Grant recipients are selected through a competitive application
process. Each project is eligible to receive up to $10,000 and local
organizations are required to provide matching funds for their own
projects. Applications for the 2008-09 grants will be available in
July. For more information about Community Beautification Grants,
please visit: http://lacity.org/bpw/OCB/NMF/index.html.

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