Escrow was opened last week for the Westchester Family YMCA to purchase the Westchester Woman’s Club site at 8020 Alverstone Avenue, adjacent to the existing YMCA facility.
The agreement culminates many months of discussions between the two organizations regarding the 1.42-acre site, which was originally deeded to the Woman’s Club by Superior Oil in 1947 when that company undertook the development of the area.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Mary Ellen Cassman, chairman of the YMCA’s board of managers.
“We are very excited about the future of our YMCA and we are pleased that we have been able to enter this agreement with the Woman’s Club.”
Cassman added that plans for the use of the property have not been determined.
“We are very interested in hearing what the community wants and needs,” said Tisha de Felice, executive director of the YMCA.
“Our goal, of course, is to work with the community to provide a facility that enhances the recreational experiences of children and adults throughout Westchester and Playa del Rey.”
Though it is selling the property, the Westchester Woman’s Club hopes to continue its philanthropic efforts in the Westchester/ Playa del Rey community.
“We plan to use the proceeds from the sale of the property to create an endowment that will allow the Woman’s Club to continue its longtime mission of supporting our community’s youths through scholarships and other avenues,” said Marjorie Zuelke, president of the Westchester Woman’s Club.
“We want to thank the Woman’s Club and its members for working with us so diligently to reach an agreement that will ultimately benefit both of our organizations and, more importantly, the entire community,” Cassman said.
“This is just the beginning of what will be a very long collaborative process to put this land to its highest and best use.”
83 NEW TREES — Los Angeles World Airports — the department that manages Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and other city airports — and the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association will kick off a new tree-planting project along Westchester Parkway with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 3rd.
The public is invited to join Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association president John Ruhlen, Board of Airport Commissioners member David Voss, and airport executive director Kim Day as they plant the first of 83 purple orchid trees along Westchester Parkway between Will Rogers Street and Airport Boulevard.
The ceremony will take place at the intersection of Westchester Parkway and Will Rogers Street, just east of Sepulveda Boulevard.
Street parking is available along Will Rogers Street.
Information, Lisa Wellik, LAX Community Relations Division, (310) 646-1836.
JAZZ ON CENTURY — Live jazz can be heard virtually every night of the week at nightspots along the Century Corridor near LAX.
But for a group of emerging artists, the music will never sound sweeter than during 690 AM’s monthly Fabulous Finds showcases in the Airport Business District through April.
“The Fabulous 690” will hold its next Fabulous Finds events from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 23rd, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel LAX; and Tuesday, April 26th, at Four Points Sheraton Hotel LAX.
“The Century Corridor is becoming one of L.A.’s most recognized venues for live jazz,” said Merle Kreibich, chief executive officer of the In-House Music booking service. “The airport area is nestled between the Westside and South Bay, and flows to the daily rhythm of Los Angeles.
“It has some of the best hotels, and best lounges, in the city, and provides a wonderful setting for live jazz and the Fabulous Finds events.”
Fabulous Finds is a popular contest for local jazz performers who are not currently under contract with a major record label. Artists submit their tapes or CDs to 690 AM, and four of them are selected to have their recordings played during the station’s Fabulous Finds segment every Sunday night.
Listeners vote via phone and e-mail to select semifinalists who will appear at a live Fabulous Finds event at the end of the month.
At the Fabulous Finds event, the four weekly winners perform in front of a live audience and a panel of judges from the music industry.
At the end of the year, monthly winners compete against each other, and the ultimate winner receives a recording contract.
690 AM promotes the Fabulous Finds nights on the air and will encourage its audience to attend the events at the participating hotels.
“Jazz artists have become a staple of the Century Corridor,” said Laurie Hughes, executive director of Gateway to L.A. “Our Fabulous Finds events will not only shine the spotlight on great new talent, but on our ongoing ‘Jazz on Century’ program as well.”