Council Approves New Mixed Use Development That Preserves Toluca Lake History
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a new mixed-use development for Toluca Lake, which includes restoration of a historic home that the community wanted to be preserved.
The developer, long-time owner of the Toluca Lake Florist on this site, is restoring the historic Bakman House for commercial use and building a 68-unit residential/commercial project around it.
The six-story project will have about 17,625-square-feet of ground-floor commercial retail. The 3,000-square-foot Bakman House will have office space on the second story. There will be two-levels of subterranean parking with 190 parking spaces. The developer is Joseph Cohen. The new building was designed by CSA Architects.
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Tom planted the first tree to begin a multi-agency facelift of Western Avenue this week. The project includes the planting and maintenance of 50-100 gingko biloba trees on Western between Marathon Avenue and 12th Street as well as code enforcement of illegal signage on this busy commercial corridor.
The Hoover St. mural was finally installed this week after years of rain, mudslides and a Federal Emergency Management Agency project, all of which necessitated the eventual restoration of the wall prior to installation. The brilliantly colored mural was painted by artist Ricardo Mendoza and was pictured in today’s Los Angeles Times. A dedication ceremony with the Franklin Hills Residents Association will be scheduled soon.
Remember to get out and vote in the municipal election on Tuesday, March 3rd. The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation will relax parking restrictions within one block of all City polling places. That means motorists seeking to park their vehicles will not be required to deposit money in parking meters. Time limits at the parking meters will not be enforced. Street Cleaning parking restrictions will not be enforced. Preferential Parking restrictions (i.e. permit parking) will not be enforced.