This guy from Google Street View certainly wants a park
It's been a rough few years at 1343 N. Laurel Avenue in WeHo--the home of Laurel Place, aka Tara, the historic mansion that'll eventually be turned into 20 units of senior housing. Financing issues, rising costs, and the loss of a $4.2 million HUD grant have made a groundbreaking date for the facility far from clear. On Monday, the city council voted to consider turning over the site--at least temporarily---to the public.
In anticipation of the vote, the WeHo News covered the story, reporting that city council members say the green space surrounding Tara, fenced off for five years, "is a relatively idyllic environment amidst West Hollywood's dense urban setting. It hosts a variety of old growth trees sited on a large parcel of land, which aside from the vacant lot on Doheny Drive at Keith Avenue, is likely the largest [vacant] parcel of land in the City.” With WeHo's two parks currently littered with construction equipment, the city thinks it makes sense to create some new space for tranquility and encourage “passive enjoyment of the site and landscape, including the provision of amenities such as benches, picnic tables, walkways, etc).” The city's public facilities commission is now developing a recommendation on the issue that they'll hand to the city council within four months.
· Prang, Duran Propose Opening Laurel Place as Parkland [WeHo News]
· Topping Party for WeHo Capital Project [Curbed LA]