Updated 12:33 pm: The Board of Supervisors approved what could be an interesting twist to southern Hollywood gentrification yesterday--the rehab and conversion of the 34 unit Galaxy Inn into permanent housing for mentally ill homeless people. Hollywood Patch reports that "The three-story Galaxy Inn at 1057 Vine St., now uninhabitable, will be renovated at a cost of $250,000 to create 32 efficiency units, each with a bathroom and kitchenette, and two manager units. The ground floor will include community rooms, offices, a commercial kitchen and a cafe open to the public." (To clarify: the supes have authorized $250k in construction funding; it's not clear what total construction costs will be.) The building, which according to Loopnet was built in 1924, sits on a pretty crappy strip of Vine, just south of Santa Monica and next door to a Yoshinoya Beef Bowl. Funding for the rehab comes from money set aside by the Board of Supes in 2005 for supportive housing and shelters. Staff for the center will provide two meals a day, mental health assessment, life skills and vocational training, and social programs for residents.
· County to Rehab Vine Street Motel as Housing for Homeless [Hollywood Patch]