As we reported last December, a developer has proposed to tear down a small 1920s duplex and build an 11-bed board and care facility for people with dementia on a quiet residential block of Sierra Bonita.
In addition to drawing concern and opposition from many of its residential neighbors, the proposal has also been generating controversy and coverage in the media.
Two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Times ran an article about the case with the grandiose headline, “Near Melrose, a national healthcare predicament plays out.”
Then today, the Times weighed in with an on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand editorial.
Meanwhile, the Melrose Village Blog just received this e-mail from DJ, a concerned neighbor of the project:
I just want to remind those who read the blog that another hearing regarding a zoning variance for Raya’s Paradise is to be held this Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm in the Board of Public Works Edward R. Roybal Hearing Room 350, City Hall, 200 North Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Raya’s Paradise, a for-profit company, is appealing a decision by the city council, denying them a variance to build a 11 room facility to house dementia and Alzheimer’s patients on N. Sierra Bonita Ave.
Allowing such a giant structure in our small neighborhood would invite others to do the same, and of course would lower our property values significantly. The owner(s) of Raya’s Paradise already own 3 properties on our block, all within a few feet from each other. Raya’s Paradise also owns an additional 4 facilities within our district.
Please remind everyone how important it is to show up to the hearing and voice their opinion. Send a message to the City Council that we don’t want our neighborhood turned into a commercial enterprise. Let’s keep our village beautiful.
If you have the time, please send a letter to our Councilman Paul Koretz, or call his office at (213) 473-7005.
Below are the email addresses of the commissioners and the Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee members reviewing this matter on Tuesday: