Preservation topic of city public workshops in Mile

| July 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
THE AREA’S single-family and multi-family homes are typical European revival styles popular in the 1920’s.

THE AREA’S single-family and multi-family homes are typical European revival styles popular in the 1920’s.

The city Office of Historic Resources is holding two public hearings this month to review a proposed Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) in the Miracle Mile and a recently completed draft of a Preservation Plan.

A public workshop to review the Preservation Plan is tentatively set for Thurs., Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd.

A combination public workshop and hearing on the Miracle Mile HPOZ is tentatively set for Sat., Aug. 20 at Candela, 831 S. La Brea Ave. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m., and the hearing starts at 11 a.m.

The HPOZ will “finally place control of our community back in the hands of the residents,” Mark Zecca, chairperson of the Miracle Mile HPOZ Committee, wrote in the Miracle Mile Residential Assoc. newsletter. “It will not only thwart mansionization, it will also stop the demolition of our vintage duplexes and multi-family buildings to construct super-sized luxury-rate developments.”

The Preservation Plan is a document that provides guidelines for renovation, remodeling and upkeep of an area’s historic properties.

“We are trying to be very pragmatic and as liberal as possible” in writing the document, Zecca explained to the Chronicle.

“We followed a template from the city that follows national guidelines. People still can expand their homes, with restrictions, of course.”

The guidelines are a framework and include suggestions for landscape and paint color, he added.

A historic resources survey found 80 percent of the Mile’s single and multi-family structures qualify for the city historic preservation designation.

Residents will receive confirmation of the two upcoming meeting dates via a mailing from the city Office of Historic Resources. The Miracle Mile Residential Assoc. also will send out an email blast to residents on its subscriber list.

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