$10-million investment brings affordable housing to an expensive neighborhood By Gary Walker Alphonse Harris was busily sweeping and dusting his new apartment, even though it appeared to be clean, when he welcomed a reporter as his first visitor. Figurines and knickknacks are arranged neatly on shelves, a guitar rests on a chair and watercolors decorate the walls. “I made those [paintings] myself,” Harris, 67, says proudly. He is one of two dozen formerly homeless men and women who have found a permanent home at the Westside’s newest affordable housing complex, the 20-unit Gateway Apartments on Beach Avenue in Del...Read More
Category: Del Rey
A gateway to the Ballona Creek Bike Path now offers a place to rest and enjoy the wetlands By Gary Walker Students in Marina Del Rey Middle School’s environmental science magnet program frequently use the Ballona Creek Bike Path and nearby Ballona Wetlands as an outdoor classroom, often walking long distances as they study the flora and fauna of the state ecological reserve. “But sometimes we get tired and we wish that there were more seats along the bike trail,” said America Marquez, an eighth grader at the middle school between Centinela Avenue and Culver Boulevard. America got her...Read More
A Del Rey man headed to work early Tuesday morning discovered a dead body in the carport outside of his apartment in the 4000 block of Corinth Avenue (near Tenino Avenue) in Del Rey, according to police. The body, found just before 6:30 a.m., is that of an unidentified white male who appeared to be between 40 and 45 years old, LAPD Sgt. Stephen Mclean said. Investigators are still trying to determine how the man died. “We are treating this as a death under suspicious circumstances,” Mclean said. — Mia Duncans and Gary...Read More
More than 150 people gathered on Saturday for the grand opening of the new LAPD Pacific Division Community Center on the grounds of the police station at Culver Boulevard and Centinela Avenue in Del Rey. Offering space for community meetings, a small children’s library and new LAPD offices with workstations for 50 police officers, the community center was created from eight former construction trailers donated by Playa Vista master developers Brookfield Residential. Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff — formerly head of Playa Capital LLC, which sold Playa Vista land to Brookfield — got the ball rolling on the project. Soboroff said that while touring the Pacific Division as a newly minted commissioner, he noticed an old Pacific Division trailer was hardly being used because it was in disrepair and proceeded to ask Brookfield officials whether they could donate some surplus construction trailers. “LAPD is the backbone of our community. We hope that you ladies and gentlemen in blue will be comfortable in this facility and that you enjoy it for many, many years to come,” Brookfield Chief Operating Officer Adrian Foley said. Staff of L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin’s office helped facilitate the project. The community benefit project “is a reminder of what vision, partnership and collaboration can do,” said LAPD Capt. Nicole Alberca, commander of the Pacific Division. — Gary...Read More
A Del Rey architect frustrated by the lack of a safe north-south bicycle route between Culver Boulevard and the Playa Vista area is seeking community support to build a narrow pedestrian/cyclist bridge over Ballona Creek along the path of a former L.A. Pacific Electric Red Car crossing. The bridge near the 90 Freeway would connect the Ballona Creek Bike Path to the McConnell Avenue terminus south of the creek by spanning Ballona and Centinela creeks. Its path would follow — and could possibly re-use — existing concrete supports for the former railroad bridge. Paul Howard of Tagliaferri Howard Architecture...Read More
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