West Hollywood's aging Plummer Park is now in stasis, prevented from modernizing by a lack of money and staunch community opposition. So Mayor Pro Tempore John D'Amico is calling for a stop-gap measure until the city figures out what's next, one that would reopen the park's closed 75-year-old Great Hall/Long Hall. The most recent Plummer Park plan called for the GH/LH to be demolished; it also would add new green space by building underground parking, add modern facades to buildings, and remove certain trees, but the city gave up the plan, at least temporarily, after angry neighbors fought the proposal, the state snatched all the money back from local redevelopment agencies, and the California Historic Resources Commission voted to add the GH/LH building to the National Register of Historic Places. So now D'Amico wants the city to repair the hall's roof and open it up to the arts community--nonprofit theater companies and local groups--and add a plaque commemorating its history and Depression-era roots. D'Amico's proposal, which will be heard tonight by the full council, also calls for the city to come up with a long-term plan and figure out what the hell to do with the park once and for all.
· Plummer Park [Curbed LA]