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Old Westchester Firehouse No. 5 to Become Affordable Housing?

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Our councilman has officially offered up the old Westchester Firehouse at Emerson & Manchester for affordable housing. The firehouse, which also opens to 85th Street, was shuttered when the new firehouse was built at Emerson & Westchester Pkwy.

In a letter dated today, Councilman Bonin says:

Los Angeles is taking action to address the City’s housing shortage, stem the dramatic loss of affordable housing, and put an end to homelessness. The City of Los Angeles is determined to solve these issues, and earlier this year approved its Comprehensive Homelessness Strategy report to address homelessness and the housing crisis.

A central element of those strategies relies on using surplus, vacant or underused City-owned properties – either by building affordable housing on-site, or by selling the property to build housing elsewhere. The City will be examining all of its surplus, vacant and underused properties for these purposes – and a few of the properties we are evaluating are on the Westside, including:

– Thatcher Yard (Venice)
– Old West LA Animal Shelter (West LA)
– Old Fire Station 5 (Westchester)

As somebody who literally lives a block away from the firehouse, I’m not sure what I think about this new turn of events. Several ideas have been floated in our community and none of them include another high density project.

What are your thoughts? Let’s talk in the comments below. You can also make your thoughts on this specific project known to our Councilman’s office here.



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Tracy Thrower Conyers is a long-time resident of Westchester 90045. Tracy closely follows local politics, political players and social chatter relevant to Westchester. As a mom with a school-aged child, Tracy is keenly aware of the importance of the educational choices we make for our kids, and spends a lot of time following local schools. She's active in California's charter school movement, and pays extra attention to special needs education choices and resources. Tracy is also a founding principal in Silicon Beach Properties. Tracy is a recognized expert on Silicon Beach and its impact on residential and residential income real estate, and has been featured by respected media outlets including the LA Times, KPCC and KCET. Tracy's primary focus and expertise includes buying and selling homes and residential income properties in Venice, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey and Westchester. Find more on Tracy and Silicon Beach Properties on sb.p's website. Connect other places online with Tracy: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest.

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