About the Miracle Mile Residential Association:

Tom Bergin’s Declared a
Los Angeles Landmark!

June 18, 2019 – This morning the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 to make Tom Bergin’s a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM).

We are grateful for the outpouring of support we received from all over Los Angeles. Nearly 1200 people sent emails to City Hall endorsing landmark status for Bergin’s. Dozens of people took the time to attend multiple public hearings to make the case for saving Tom Bergin’s from the wrecking ball.

Mid City West Community Council and Pico Neighborhood Council lent their support, too. Councilmember David Ryu and his staff played an important role in helping us preserve this Miracle Mile Landmark.

Our thanks to all of you.

The Miracle Mile Residential Association and the Los Angeles Conservancy co-sponsored the HCM nomination for Bergin’s. The Conservancy was a valuable partner in this effort, their commitment to historic preservation and their expertise was key factor in our success.

Special thanks to:

Adrian Scott Fine
Keith Nakata
Steven Luftman
Ann Rubin
and
Katie Horak and Andrew Goodrich
at Architectural Resources Group

For additional information:

Larchmont Buzz: LA City Council Makes it Official: Tom Bergin’s is an Historic Cultural Landmark

Curbed Los Angeles: Miracle Mile bar Tom Bergin’s landmarked by City Council

NBC Los Angeles: Tom Bergin’s Added to LA Historical-Cultural Monuments List

Los Angeles Times: L.A. panel backs making Tom Bergin’s a historic monument


Creating a Dedicated Private Security Patrol for Our Neighborhood

Miracle Mile Neighborhood Watch Update
from Kari Garcia

The Miracle Mile Residential Association is supporting an effort to create a dedicated private security patrol in our neighborhood using ADT Patrol Services. The area of coverage for the patrol car would extend throughout the Miracle Mile – from Wilshire to San Vicente and Fairfax to La Brea.

At present, there are several private security companies servicing Miracle Mile, including ADT. However, a response by a patrol car is limited to only those who specifically subscribe to a patrol service. It does not provide the immediate response to the client or provide the constant patrolling of our streets that we would collectively benefit from if we had a dedicated patrol car in the neighborhood. [Click here to read more.]


MMRA OPPOSES LACMA PLAN TO BUILD A
PARKING GARAGE ON SOUTH OGDEN DRIVE

Fix The City Files Lawsuit Challenging the
LACMA EIR on the Ogden Garage

Mid City West Community Council Adopts Motion
Opposing the Ogden Garage

Rendering of proposed Ogden garage. Click on image to enlarge.

While all eyes were on Peter Zumthor’s controversial design for a new museum spanning Wilshire Boulevard, little attention has been given to LACMA’s plan to construct a five-story parking facility on the residential block of South Ogden Drive to replace their existing surface parking lot on the southeast corner of Wilshire and Spaulding… [Click to read more]


Now playing on the MMRA Channel on YouTube:

The 36th Annual Miracle Mile

Community Meeting

Part One featuring Councilmember David Ryu

Part Two featuring Captain Anthony Oddo, LAPD Wilshire Division


Wilshire Boulevard postcard, circa 1964.

The ABCs of the Miracle Mile HPOZ

The Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone [HPOZ] went into effect on May 1, 2017. Although the city’s Office of Historic Resources mailed official notices to every property owner within the HPOZ advising them of this zoning change there are some who are unaware of these new guidelines regarding alterations and additions to the exterior of your property. Here are some helpful points to help you navigate living in an HPOZ:

Every property within the boundaries of our HPOZ [see map] – multifamily and single family homes – is guided by a Preservation Plan that will serve to protect and preserve the historic integrity and scale of our neighborhood.

Click on map to enlarge.

Property owners should visit the Miracle Mile HPOZ page at the Office of Historic Resources website to familiarize themselves with our HPOZ, the Preservation Plan, and the approvals required for exterior changes to your property.

When contemplating or planning changes to the exterior of your property first contact Christina Park, the city planner in charge of administrating our HPOZ. Christina is the point person referred to as “Staff” in the Preservation Plan. She can help you understand what approvals (if any) are required. She is also a great resource for information on how to maintain and restore historic properties.

The best way to contact Christina is by email at:  christina.park@lacity.org. She can also be contacted via telephone at 213-473-9987.

The HPOZ guidelines do not apply to any building permits issued before May 1, 2017. This work is grandfathered in and no further approvals are required.

HPOZ does not regulate interior renovations or remodeling as long as these changes have no impact on the exterior appearance of your property (i.e., altering window openings or door placement).

The Miracle Mile Historic Resources Survey Report provides a rich and detailed history of our community. A professional evaluation was made of every property within the HPOZ that determined whether it is a contributor, altered contributor, or non-contributorto our historic district. These categories determine how changes to your property may be made. There are different guidelines for contributors and non-contributors, as well as for new infill properties. The Miracle Mile HPOZ webpage has links that allow you to look up the history of your property by address and see how it was designated.

Remember that the Preservation Plan provides guidelines that are meant to be flexible and still conform with the principles of historic preservation. Paint colors are exempt from HPOZ regulation as is landscaping (as long as 60% of your front yard and parkway consist of some sort of plantings and/or grass). Drought tolerant landscapes are permitted.

Second story additions and Accessory Dwelling Units are allowed to single family homes as long as they are sensitive to the guidelines set out in the Preservation Plan.

Also, many property owners are not aware that – HPOZ or no HPOZ – city ordinances already regulate fence heights, what percentage of your front yard may be paved, what kind of trees can be planted in your parkway, and many other aspects of your property. The city also requires permits for routine work that some property owners consider DIY projects (installing new hot water heaters, replacing plumbing fixtures, window and door change outs, etc.). Unpermitted work can negatively impact your property value, compromise your insurance coverage, and cost you additional expenses to remedy. So, when it doubt, whether it be city building permits or HPOZ guidelines: check first.

For more information on HPOZ permits and approvals visit the Frequently Asked Questions page at the Office of Historic Resources’ website. You can also visit the Information for Property Owners page.

Please share this information with your neighbors. If you are a renter make sure that your landlord or property manager is aware of the HPOZ guidelines, too. There is a learning curve to living in an HPOZ and it is important that everyone knows the ABCs of HPOZ…

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Combination of the Sontag Drug Store image, circa 1941 and a contemporary view of Wilshire Beatuy Supply.

Combination of a Sontag Drug Store image (circa 1941) and a contemporary view of Wilshire Beauty Supply. © Justin Fields

Miracle Mile Then & Now Photographs

Time travel at our Miracle Mile Historical Photo Collection

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The Miracle Mile Residential Association [MMRA] is a non-profit community organization composed of your neighbors, both homeowners and renters. We are dedicated to maintaining the quality of life in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles through careful monitoring of development, safety, traffic and other important neighborhood concerns.

The MMRA stays current on these matters and then disseminates this information to the neighborhood residents. The MMRA is a volunteer organization. It is composed of its members, board members and officers.

MMRA Boundaries:

Northern: Wilshire Blvd; Eastern: La Brea Ave; Southern: San Vicente Blvd; Western: Fairfax Ave.

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Officers:

James O’Sullivan, President/Masselin james.osullivan@miraclemilela.com

Joe Steins, Treasurer and Recording Secretary/Sierra Bonita joseph.steins@miraclemilela.com

Ken Hixon, Senior Vice Presidents/Genesee kenhixon@miraclemilela.com

Mark Zecca, Vice President – HPOZ, Planning and Land Use/Dunsmuir
mark.zecca@MiracleMileLA.com

Kari Garcia, Vice President – Neighborhood Watch/Dunsmuir kari.garcia@MiracleMileLA.com

Kimberly Klein, Vice President – Director of Communications/Cochran