Residents of the Arizona Garden Apartments at 7420-7430 Arizona Ave., Westchester, are rallying to find supporters opposed to the planned demolition of the apartments by new owners, Frost/Chaddock.
Frost/Chaddock is proposing to build 32 residential condominiums. With a density bonus to the developer, 11 additional condominiums could be added to the project.
Although the complex is slated for demolition, residents believe it is a community landmark and they have filed an application for historical preservation monument status with the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission.
The application claims the complex exhibits post-World War II housing based upon the planning and design principles of the 1930s and 1940s Garden City and Modern movements.
These designs encompassed apartment buildings oriented around open space, park-like courtyards with lush landscaping, and a diverse variety of trees, plants and shrubs, the historical status application says.
Buildings were erected with an emphasis on low to medium density with standardization and repetition of building types.
Automobiles were segregated from the building and garden areas with small garage courts at the rear and perimeter of the complexes.
The city Cultural Heritage Commission will hold a public hearing on the landmark designation at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 15th, in City Hall Room 1010, 200 N. Spring St., downtown Los Angeles.
PLAYA VISTA HOLIDAY CONCERT — To get you in the holiday spirit this year, Playa Vista and the Music Center of Los Angeles County Education Division have joined to put on a second Annual Holiday Concert, featuring the Surf City Allstars —who will play seasonal favorites with their surfin’ sound.
Surf City features band members from The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean and The Ventures.
This free Grammy-award-winning beach party band will get everyone in the holiday spirit with lots of great music and fun prizes planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 10th, in the Playa Vista Concert Park.
Be sure to bring your chair or a blanket and your favorite treats to enjoy. Parking is available at the Visitor Center Parking Area on the north side of Jefferson Boulevard off Playa Vista Drive. Shuttles will be provided to the concert location.
MARINA BOAT SHOW —
The 30th Annual Marina del Rey In-Water Boat Show promises to showcase the hottest, newest and largest boats in a gorgeous setting in beautiful Marina del Rey.
The boat show will be held in Burton Chace Park and in boat slips adjacent to the park between Thursday, January 13th, and Sunday, January 16th.
Event planners say the 2005 boat show will be twice the size of the last boat show, which was held in June 2003.
This boat show promises everything from million-dollar yachts to harbor tours and even a rare glimpse at a recreational submarine.
Whatever your pleasure, the boat show should be a blast for the entire family.
Boat show hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Burton Chace Park is at 13650 Mindanao Way, at the Marina main channel end of Mindanao Way on the east side of the Marina.
Admission will be $10, and children 12 and under will be admitted free.
“I’ve been going to the Marina del Rey show for years, and all the buyers come out for it,” says Marina boat broker Randall Burg. “It’s the best show for me, and this year looks even better.”
This year Burg will be showcasing the new line of Rodman yachts from Spain.
Burg said Rodman boats are “like driving a Porsche on the water.”
“Rodman may be unfamiliar to most Americans but, for the rest of the world, the name is synonymous with boats that are tough, seaworthy, and well built,” according to Yachting magazine.
Show promoter Bill Schultz of ADS Productions said:
“This year’s show will have plenty of surprises for avid boaters interested in purchasing a yacht like the Rodman and for people from the community who just want to take in the Marina sights and see what a million-dollar yacht really looks like.”
There will also be a marine accessories pavilion, a food court, a variety of land-side displays and harbor cruises.
Captain Suzanne Rafetto of Sea Mist Skippers will be offering free half-hour harbor cruises during the boat show aboard her 32-foot offshore catamaran Sea Biscuit.
Sea Biscuit, which can reach a top speed of 55 knots — outside the harbor, of course — was once the personal launch for America’s Cup captain Dennis Conner.
Tours will be offered daily during the show from noon to 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
The boat show is sponsored by the Westchester/LAXñMarina del Rey Chamber of Commerce.
Information, (310) 301-9019.