New asphalt: part of Larchmont Village news

| May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Larchmont Boulevard circa 1921.

The City of Los Angeles two-day project to repave Larchmont Boulevard, between First Street and Beverly Boulevard, should be finished late in the afternoon of Thursday, May 31, the day the June issue of the Larchmont Chronicle is published. According to the Bureau of Street Services’ notice sent two weeks prior to commencement of the work, city workers were to “cold mill” (remove the top surface of existing asphalt) and then replace that wearing surface with a new layer of asphalt. Each side of the two-block stretch was to be done in a single day! The east side was due to be closed on Wednesday, and the west side was due to be closed on Thurs., May 31.

Councilman David Ryu says that repaving this part of Larchmont Boulevard “will make this popular road smoother and safer and make Larchmont Village an even more inviting experience for locals and visitors alike.”

Also newsworthy on the Boulevard is the in-process sale of the historic Lipson building that includes 14 tenant spaces, including upstairs offices. The sale is from the estate of the late Charlotte Lipson, whose father Julius La Bonte was one of the original developers of boulevard retail, circa 1921. The prospective buyer is the local A.F. Gilmore Co., founder and owner of the Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax, on land the Gilmore family has owned since 1880. Asked for comment about the company’s intentions for the Lipson property when the sale becomes final, A.F. Gilmore president Henry L. Hilty, Jr. said that plans are uncertain at present, noting that the family company certainly understands the local area and that it is investing in Larchmont for the long term.

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