September 18th Community Meeting Information Below
The 5.7-acre site is located at the terminus of Casitas Ave in South Atwater Village. The Los Angeles River is adjacent to the site’s southern boundary line, and the Glendale Freeway is located to the north-west. There is only one entrance/exit to the location, on Casitas Ave under the Glendale Freeway.
Dubbed the “Bow Tie Yard Lofts” the project consists of five buildings with a total of 419 multi-family residential units (approximately 423,872 square feet) and about 64,000 square feet of commercial space. The existing zoning and use for the site include a light manufacturing/ warehouse/film production building and its associated surface parking. The project would demolish the light industrial buildings and eliminate all existing manufacturing jobs at the site.
The proposed residential units would include a combination of 119 studios, 220 one-bedroom, and 80 two-bedroom units in four buildings ranging from five to six stories (60 to 81 feet tall). Only 35 units would be reserved as “affordable.” Commercial uses on-site may include a mix of restaurant uses and office space and seven-story (85 feet tall) parking garage on the northwest end of the property would provide 720 on-site parking spaces. Open space areas and recreational amenities would be limited to just 58,176 square feet.
This gargantuan project is also seeking gigantic exemptions from the City’s land use laws. Pan Am Equities has already requested a General Plan Amendment to the Northeast Los Angeles Community Plan to change the land use designation of the property to allow for residential units. They are also seeking a Conditional Use Permit to allow a density bonus (108 more units) greater than what is allowed by law.
The developer is hosting a community meeting to discuss the project. Locals are strongly encouraged to attend.
What: Bow Tie Yard Loft Project Community Meeting
Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Place: Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal (next to El Buen Gusto Restaurant) 2829 ½ Fletcher Drive
Silver Lake artist, Skye Amber Sweet, has brought her talent and her vision of our neighborhood to a new mural. She has painted new artwork on the retaining wall facing Brunswick Ave at the Los Feliz Car Wash (3013 Los Feliz Blvd). It replaces the badly vandalized “Heart/Love” mural, painted by Royal in 2015.
Despite it's colorful detail the mural fails to highlight anything Atwater specific. Instead, the design features a montage of generic images that depict flora and animals; such as frogs.
Local "critics" were quick to register their dislike of the new artwork, specifically the Frog imageries, and tagged the mural a day after it was completed. Local taggers evidently took issue with the Frog images which some believe they mistook as a reference to “Frogtown” or Elysian Valley, home to a rival street gang.
When asked about why the Frog images are part of the mural Skye responded:
Atwater's Wells Fargo Bank branch (3250 Glendale Blvd) has reportedly told community organizers "bah-humbug" on using their parking lot for this year's Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Since 1991 Atwater's 80-foot “Charlie Brown” redwood pine tree, located on the Glendale Blvd median at Brunswick Ave, has been decorated and lit to usher in the holiday season. The tree is lit annually in December as local families gather in the Wells Fargo parking lot to welcome Santa Claus, sip on hot chocolate, sing some carols and merrily mingle with their neighbors.
Wells Fargo's new branch manager, Ms. Carely Rojas, has been unable or unwilling to authorize the use of the bank's parking lot for this year’s event. Some community organizers believe that Ms. Rojas, new to the area, is unaware of the importance of this Atwater Village tradition and Wells Fargo's past generosity. Already, Atwater’s annual Pancake Breakfast, organized by the Lions Club, has gotten the boot and won’t return next year to the bank’s parking lot. Will the Tree Lighting Ceremony be next?!?!
Help save the Atwater Village Tree Lighting Ceremony! Email, call or visit the Wells Fargo branch and tell them how important this event is for our community. Ask them to support our neighborhood and allow the use of their parking lot for this community event.
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Call the Wells Fargo branch directly:
Visit them and tell them in person: 3250 Glendale Blvd
This coming Tuesday, June 13th the City's Department of Transportation (LADOT) is holding a community meeting in Glassell Park to present two of their alternative streetscape design plans for Atwater's section of Fletcher Drive. LADOT hopes to implement pedestrian/bicycle safety improvements to Fletcher Drive; between San Fernando Road and the 5 Interstate Freeway. Both plans include a "road diet" or vehicular traffic lane reduction.
LADOT has developed two alternative design schemes to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety on Flecther Drive. LADOT developed both plans without any community input. Also, their choice of meeting location and general outreach for the June 13th meeting has been geared toward Glassell Park and bicycle advocates.
Their failure to get input from Atwater Village, from both residents and businesses, is evident in their streetscape design plans. While containing necessary pedestrian improvements, it reduces much-needed traffic lanes that are is needed to accommodate a significant daily traffic flow. The plans include:
Alternative 1 – This includes an “off-peak lane configuration” in which vehicular traffic lanes would alternate from two to one throughout the day depending on “high-peak” or “low-peak” traffic flow. During “high-peak” two traffic lanes would be available for vehicle use while prohibiting all on-street parking. Alternatively, during “low-peak” only one traffic lane would be available for vehicle use and on-street parking will be allowed.
Alternative 2 - This includes a permanent traffic lane reduction from the current two lanes to one. It also includes a dedicated bike lane and on-street parking.
The Atwater Village community needs to weigh in on this important issue. LADOT developed these streetscape plans without the input of the community that intimately knows the ins and outs of Fletcher Drive.
Atwater Villagers has a choice; we can choose to go to a one-night meeting to advocate for our community or gripe in daily traffic congestion. What will you do?
WHAT: FLETCHER DRIVE – “VISION ZERO” MEETING
WHEN: TUESDAY, JUNE 13TH, 2017 –6PM TO8PM
WHERE: GOODWILL COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT CENTER, 3150 N. SAN FERNANDO RD (BLAIR PENCE ROOM)