Author: geoffmaleman

Westchester residents oppose redevelopment of their apartment units

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...

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Westchester already has a busy holiday schedule

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner. And Westchester has plenty in store to celebrate. You’re going to want to get out your calendar and save a few dates so that you can join in on some of the best holiday celebrations in town. Santa will make his first visit of the season to Westchester from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 5th, at the second annual Santa’s Village and Festival of Trees at Visitation School, 8740 Emerson Ave. Santa’s elves will arrive by fire engine at noon, Mrs. Claus and the “Clausettes” will arrive by limo at 12:30 p.m. and Santa himself will make a grand entrance by helicopter at 1 p.m. Admission to the event is free. More than 30 Santa’s Village Shops will be available for Christmas shopping, and there will be a wide variety of games, entertainment and other opportunities. Children will enjoy a snow play area with two sled runs, pony rides, face painting, craft projects and much, much more. A variety of foods will be available throughout the event, and Santa’s Take-A-Break Movie Theater will provide continuous movies all day. The event will also include a silent auction, a holiday boutique and even a coloring contest. In addition to all the fun, Visitation School will be collecting items for the needy. Those who would like to participate...

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