On December 8, 2016, the City Planning Commission endorsed the Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) and recommend its approval at its next stop, the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee.
But, at the last minute, the Planning Commission rewrote the HPOZ boundaries – as approved by the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission [see map] – and excluded properties fronting on Olympic Boulevard, properties north of 8th Street, as well as properties on the west side of Orange Grove Avenue south of 8th Street.
The Planning Committee – appointees of Mayor Garcetti and cheerleaders for the Mayor’s densification policy – chopped out these areas so that they could be super-sized with new luxury market-rate developments. This jeopardizes nearly 500 rent stabilized apartments in dozens of historic multifamily buildings and undermines the historic preservation of the Miracle Mile. HPOZ protection would prevent these buildings from being demolished and would permanently preserve rent stabilized units.
These rent stabilized units are the only affordable, middle class, and work force housing in the Miracle Mile. Excluding 500 rent stabilized units from our HPOZ threatens hundreds of renters with eviction and dozens of historic multifamily buildings with demolition.
Renters in these excluded areas must fight to preserve their apartments and the history of our neighborhood. Contact Councilmember David Ryu and City Hall and demand that these areas be included in the Miracle Mile HPOZ. And please attend the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee meeting on February 14, 2017 (contact HPOZ@MiracleMileLA.com for more information or if you need transportation to the PLUM meeting).