Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has announced that the owners and tenants of the Lincoln Place apartment complex in Venice will return to the negotiating table to try to find a resolution to the crisis there.
Rosendahl said that Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO), the owners of Lincoln Place, have agreed to his demand that they show good faith to the tenants by halting all eviction proceedings until the end of May.
The remaining tenants of Lincoln Place were faced with potential evictions Monday, March 20th.
“I am pleased that both sides have agreed to try to find a way to end this intolerable situation,” said Rosendahl, who represents Venice in the 11th Council District.
“My hope is that they can reach a deal that will allow all the current tenants to stay there for life under rent control, and that former tenants will be invited back with the same protections.”
At the same time, Rosendahl agreed to keep in committee a motion he submitted last year, directing the city Planning Department to unilaterally record restrictive development conditions on the Lincoln Place property.
The motion is backed by the Lincoln Place Tenants Association and Venice residents, but AIMCO is opposing the proposal.
“If the negotiations are successful, there will be no need to move forward with the motion,” Rosendahl said.
“And if the negotiations fail, then I still have the ability to move forward with the motion.”
Rosendahl said that AIMCO agreed to a new round of negotiations with tenants, preservationists and other interested parties.
He added that negotiations would need to be conducted by a paid, professional mediator, and that all sides should agree on and share some of the cost of the mediator.
The Westside councilman, who has been battling to protect the tenants since before taking office last year, said he hoped both sides would choose a mediator by Friday, March 10th, and that negotiations could be wrapped up by Saturday, April 15th.
“Everyone needs to move quickly,” Rosendahl said.
“The remaining tenants, most of whom are elderly or disabled, cannot continue to live in this state of limbo and heartache.”