The proposed project includes the construction of a gravel-based parking area to accommodate up to 80 cars, featuring a low-impact and permeable surface that is both environmentally friendly and ecologically sensitive. The parking area utilizes a "tiered" or terraced design that nestles into the existing grade and allows the parking area to blend with the natural terrain and minimizes grading work. In addition to providing much needed parking to the park patrons, the parking area is also designed to help minimize water runoff and control erosion. The existing concrete steps and foundation walls from the mansion ruins will remain intact and undisturbed. The existing lawn/yoga area will be relocated to a new area above the proposed parking area. The new lawn/yoga area will feature the same size and amenities as the existing one, including a 4-foot-high fence and landscaping along the perimeters. All larger trees will be preserved to provide shade in this new lawn/yoga area.
A proposed MND, dated January 2006, was circulated for public review between February 24, 2006 and March 17, 2006. The City received numerous comments during this period. As a result, the City made revisions to the MND by providing additional information about the project’s impacts and mitigation measures. On September 20, 2006, the Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners (Board) adopted the MND, dated July 2006, for the project. However, on September 28, 2006, an appeal to the City Council was submitted to the Office of the City Clerk relative to the Board’s action in adopting the MND per CEQA Section 21151(c). On December 12, 2007, the City Council granted the appeal of the MND as to construction noise only, and directed the Bureau of Engineering to prepare and circulate a revised MND and a revised initial study for the project that analyzes and proposes mitigation for construction noise (Council File No. 06-2512).
The mitigated negative declaration/initial study was circulated for a 21-day public review period, beginning on January 25, 2008 and ending on February 29, 2008. Copies of the document are available for review at the following location:
Will and Ariel Durant Library
7140 W. Sunset Boulevard
Phone: (323) 876-2741
The project will be considered by the Board of Recreation and Parks following the public review period.
Hollywood Community Planning Area. Council District 4. If you have any questions, please contact William Jones at (213) 485-5760 or via e-mail at William.Jones@lacity.org.
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|Public Review Period
|Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
|January 25, 2008 – February 29, 2008