Miracle Mile Residential Association Newsletter • August 2014

Miracle Mile
Residential Association

Newsletter • August 2014 • Los Angeles, California                                                                                                    

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MMRA Declares War on McMansions!
LACMA: The Sky's the Limit • Commentary by Greg Goldin

How to Bake an HPOZ: Robbie O'Donnell has the recipe...
Lactose-free Politics
 • A Message from James O'Sullivan
Subway Update • Neigboring HOAs Endorse MMRA Policy
Two Projects Under Construction on South Ogden Drive 
Miracle Mile Real Estate • July 2014 Sales

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The Miracle Mile Residential Association [MMRA] has launched a three-front battle to stop mansionization. The Miracle Mile has become an easy target for builders of McMansions due to the fact that surrounding neighborhoods have successfully thwarted such development by becoming Historical Protection Overlay Zones [HPOZ] or Reduced Floor Area Districts [RFA].
A “super-sized” home under construction at 808 South Ridgeley Drive has galvanized the community [see "before" and "after" photos above]. Such development presents a clear threat to the historic fabric, scale, and livability of the Miracle Mile. After consulting with residents, real estate professionals, and other land use experts, the MMRA Board of Directors has concluded that, indeed, the Miracle Mile is a prime target for speculators looking to make a fast buck by demolishing older homes and replacing them with McMansions. Immediate action is critical to protect our community.
Because of the urgency and fluidity of this situation, the MMRA Board of Directors has developed a three-pronged effort to stop mansionization in the Miracle Mile:
Reform the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance [BMO]:
The City adopted the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance [BMO] in 2008 to prevent McMansions, but developers have skillfully exploited loopholes in the ordinance to circumvent restrictions on height and square footage. This resulted in a surge of mansionization in the Beverly Grove and La Brea/Hancock areas. Desperate to stop the destruction of their neighborhoods, these communities pursued becoming Reduced Floor Area Districts [RFA] to plug the many loopholes in the BMO.
Homeowner and residential associations, as well as other community organizations, have recently increased the pressure on the City Council to fix the BMO so that RFAs would not be needed to stop mansionization. Having an ever-growing number of RFAs created throughout L.A. would strain the already threadbare resources of the Department of City Planning. Reforming the BMO would protect Los Angeles neighborhoods and save the taxpayers money.
The MMRA has been lobbying City Hall to enact speedy reform of the BMO. The City Council Planning and Land Use Management [PLUM] Committee held a public hearing this month that attracted a large showing of community representatives clamoring for revisions to the BMO. The PLUM Committee gave the Department of City Planning a month to come back with suggestions on how to change the ordinance.
The MMRA is closely monitoring the actions of the PLUM Committee and will continue to exert pressure to eliminate the loopholes in the BMO.
Creating a Reduced Floor Area District [RFA] in the Miracle Mile:
Should the City Council falter or fail to eliminate all of the loopholes in the BMO, it is the consensus of the MMRA Board of Directors that the Miracle Mile should immediately seek the protections of RFA status. A Residential Floor Area Overlay district [RFA] is a zoning tool available for single-family residential neighborhoods to tailor citywide size and height development regulations to the particular needs of the community.

At its next meeting on September 4, 2014, the MMRA board will assess whether sufficient progress has been made by the City Council to reform the BMO. If – at that time – there is no evidence of movement towards substantial reform of the BMO, the MMRA will launch an outreach and petition campaign to create the Miracle Mile Reduced Floor Area District. The MMRA would pursue the same regulations contained within the Beverly Grove RFA, which was instituted in October 2013. [Click here to read the Beverly Grove RFA.]
An RFA can be created in much less time than an HPOZ – and time is of the essence in stopping mansionization. Hopefully, reform of the BMO will make this step unnecessary.
Creation the Miracle Mile Historical Protection Overlay Zone [HPOZ]:
The Miracle Mile is currently being subjected to a tidal wave of new development – mansionization is just one aspect of the many threats our community confronts. The MMRA created an HPOZ Committee last May to explore HPOZ protection for the Miracle Mile. The committee was instructed to do fact-finding, seek the input of residents and property owners, and report on how an HPOZ might be designed and implemented.
Although the committee’s work is in the preliminary stages, it is already apparent that an HPOZ is the only means available to ensure the historic continuity, appearance, and scale of our community. An HPOZ would help to level the playing field that is heavily weighted in favor of real estate speculators and developers – and the politicians who depend on their campaign contributions.
The push for an HPOZ has just begun in the Miracle Mile and it could take anywhere from two-to-four years to complete the intricate process of creating an HPOZ.  So, although an HPOZ would be the most effective way to stop mansionization – as well as institute design standards that would preserve the fabric of our neighborhood – it is not a “quick fix.”
Reform of the BMO and/or the creation of a RFA would stop mansionization and buy the community time to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of an HPOZ. Mansionization must be stopped now – or there will be even less to preserve.
For additional information:
MMRA Newsletter [May 2014]:
Mansionization Threatens Miracle Mile
MMRA Newsletter [July 2014]:
Los Angeles Times Finally Starts to Report on Mansionization Story


 What's your opinion? 

Miracle Mile Residential Association launched an online survey last May to solicit residents’ opinions regarding mansionization and the creation of an Historical Preservation Overlay Zone [HPOZ] and/or Reduced Floor Area District [RFA].

Take the poll and share your thoughts with us. The MMRA is a consensus-based organization and we need your input. We utilize SurveyMonkey for our polls; it is a secure and simple way to gather your input. Poll participants are completely anonymous and your honesty is welcomed. Just click on this link:

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Read the survey results...



LACMA: The Sky's the Limit • by Greg Goldin


                                                     [Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.]

LACMA: The Sky’s the Limit

Commentary by Greg Goldin
[Editor’s note: Last month, LACMA Director Michael Govan announced a proposal to build what he hopes will be a Frank Gehry designed skyscraper on Wilshire, across from the museum’s campus. This project would serve as a sort of exclamation point to LACMA’s plan to bridge Wilshire with a new museum designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.]
It may be another decade or so before the Purple Line extension is complete, and riders emerge from the subway stop at Orange Grove and Wilshire, but the oncoming train is already changing the landscape at the west end of the Miracle Mile. If the money can be found, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will inflate a glass kidney bean off the backside of the former May Co. building and LACMA’s oil-slick-inspired $650 million-and-counting blob will ooze its way out of Hancock Park to bridge Wilshire and occupy their Spaulding parking lot. Just added to complete the troika of architectural razzle-dazzle could be the city’s tallest skyscraper, rising above the Wilshire/Orange Grove subway portal.
The hotel and condominium tower, presumably designed by Frank Gehry, would also have LACMA galleries, with a new architecture and design museum, as well as Gehry’s own archives. LACMA head Michael Govan told the Los Angeles Times, “I'm jealous that New York has a Gehry tower [left] and we don't. My dream is some beautiful piece of architecture with an architecture and design museum at the base, which would add to Museum Row.”  Never mind that much of Museum Row is being decimated in no small part owing to LACMA’s maneuvering the subway portal onto the very block where buildings housing the A+D Architecture and Design museum and two other private art galleries must now be demolished to make way for subway construction.
LACMA owns approximately one-quarter of the 350-foot frontage on the south side of Wilshire between Orange Grove and Ogden, and hopes to forge a development deal with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [Metro], Millennium Partners, and landowner Alan Sieroty before the subway construction site is reconfigured as yet another relentlessly dull Transit Oriented Development.
The LACMA chieftain’s instincts may be right – nobody wants another badly-designed building above another badly-designed subway portal – but Govan’s not taking any chances by trying to sell architecture solely on its own merits. Instead, he put a politically correct spin on the proposal. Once Metro opens the block for development, he said, “We know that density is the key to urban living and to the maximization of mass transit — and key to the environment. And so for all the right reasons, this is the right place” for a high-rise.
Thus, Govan shrewdly positions his “dream” as a civic virtue. No one believes this more than LACMA itself, which, like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, would become a major real estate developer. The reassuring urban planning rhetoric is meant to neutralize any opposition by making naysayers into nabobs opposed to leveraging a multi-billion investment in public transportation.
While no one doubts that some kind of building will rise once Metro pulls its construction trailers and tunnel boring machinery off the site, LACMA’s ambition is as naked as it is vainglorious. A Frank Gehry skyscraper, looming directly across the street from LACMA’s main galleries, would be, like Trajan’s Column in Rome [right], a triumphal commemoration of the museum’s self-conceived importance not just in the surrounding neighborhood or city – but in the global marketplace of art.
By adding Gehry to the list of Pritzker Prize winning names on the museum’s all-star roster (Renzo Piano and Peter Zumthor being the other two), the museum will have clothed itself in the raiment of “great buildings.”  Who, indeed, will ever again question the eminent stature of a cultural institution that once made the mistake of building an unfashionably dated and decidedly Hollywood version of the Kennedy Center and dared to call it a landmark destination.

The William Pereira designed LACMA campus, circa 1965.
This, indeed, is an essay into the ways in which the rich and powerful need to express the glories of so much accumulated money and power. Culture is the playground of the moneyed classes – whose wallets, and egos, are the ripe targets of the monument builders. What better way to supply a secular crown than with a building, by a world-renown architect, which bears your name?
Nothing new, actually, is happening here with this proposed skyscraper.  From infancy LACMA has regarded itself as not only separate, but also above the status it retains as a publicly funded and owned art institution.  Embossed in the public record is the dirty secret that when the County Museum of Art spun itself off from its parent, the Natural History Museum, the new museum’s board of trustees first aim was to leave Exposition Park for the greener (as in, the color of money) environs of the Miracle Mile, then quaintly situated on the Westside – which nowadays, along with the money, has moved much further west.
When County Supervisor John Anson Ford offered the newly separated art museum a downtown plot of land – speculation is that the site was atop Bunker Hill, where the Catholic Cathedral now sits – LACMA’s board rejected the plan. "[I]t was recognized…that the location…would not attract the enthusiasm of potential donors from the west side."
This quote, from the board minutes of January 21, 1958, was the sort of blunt comment made by civic leaders before the present era of milquetoast public relations statements. The museum’s leaders could not fathom leaving Exposition Park – and its surrounding black ghetto – only to be thrust into a downtown neighborhood populated by the city's poor and elderly and black and Native American citizens. Westside money was hardly going to flow toward a location redolent of the city's intractable underclass.
And, so, the museum spent several years lobbying G. Allan Hancock [right], the wealthy oilman who'd given the county the park that bears his name and contains the La Brea Tar Pits. Repeatedly, they tried to convince him to cede a piece of the 23 acres for their art museum, although it had been Hancock’s express wish to build a “fossil museum” dedicated to displaying the park’s unique Ice Age finds. In 1959, Hancock finally relented, agreeing to give the art museum 7 acres, and no more. The moment the plans for the new museum were unveiled – the William Pereira designed complex that is now destined to be demolished – LACMA began its long effort to aggrandize pieces of the park.
Time and again, LACMA sought to nibble away at the park that Hancock deemed should be permanently set aside for public enjoyment and scientific exploration. In the late-1960s, an attempt by the museum to expand further into Hancock Park met with a global protest. From Kenya, Louis Leakey, the world’s most famous paleoanthropologist and archaeologist, urged the museum to halt its plan, saying that no one would consider building atop a site where the first evidence of mankind was discovered, so why would they build atop the largest outcropping of Ice Age life anywhere on the face of the Earth? That effort flopped, but 20 years later the Bruce Goff designed Pavilion for Japanese Art was completed, taking another bite out of the park.
By then memories had faded, along with the county assurances that Hancock’s final wishes would never be violated. But LACMA never stopped eyeing the park. The first iteration of Zumthor’s modern design for a new museum covered – literally – several of the tar pits themselves. Only when the Natural History Museum, which administers Hancock Park, strenuously objected did LACMA retreat and come up with this latest version spanning Wilshire Boulevard.
In a sense, all of this is prologue, evidence that from the moment LACMA left Exposition Park to the present, an arrogant self-regard has been the chief characteristic of the museum’s stance. Now, in projecting its skyward dreams in the form of a Gehry tower, LACMA demonstrates all of its inherited insouciance, that blithe unconcern that comes with believing your own message and knowing that when you’ve got the money and the power to back it up the sky’s the limit – or maybe not. Actually, there are no height limits along Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile.
Greg Goldin is the coauthor of Never Built Los Angeles and a curator at the A+D Museum. From 1999 to 2012, he was the architecture critic at Los Angeles Magazine. He is a longtime resident of the Miracle Mile and was featured in the MMRA Channel's YouTube presentation: "The Miracle Mile in Three Tenses: Past, Present, and Future."

For additional information:

Los Angeles Times:
LACMA, Metro Discussing New Museum Tower on Wilshire Blvd.

[Courtesy of Peter Zumthor.]

The July MMRA newsletter contained a survey to measure the community’s reactions to LACMA’s proposal to span Wilshire Boulevard with their revamped design for a new museum. You can review the results here – or take the survey yourself:
We utilize SurveyMonkey for our polls; it is a secure and simple way to gather your input. Poll participants are completely anonymous and your honesty is welcomed.


How to Bake an HPOZ:
Robbie O'Donnell has the Recipe


How to Bake an HPOZ:

Robbie O’Donnell has the recipe...

Robbie O’Donnell knows how to make great chili, a terrific apple cobbler, and her specialty: a homemade Historical Protection Overlay Zone [HPOZ]. And she does it all from the kitchen of a two-story 1912 Craftsman-style home in Wilshire Park, where she and her husband, Guy Shaw, have resided for the last 15 years. [See photo below.]
Robbie is a sharp woman, a charming straight-shooter. Trained in statistics, she knows how to analyze a complex situation and how to organize a task. Although she always deflects credit and speaks of “we” when discussing how the Wilshire Park HPOZ came to be, everyone in her community and in historic preservation circles knows that Robbie O’Donnell was the engine that propelled the creation of the Wilshire Park HPOZ.
Her most unique contribution to this effort was devising an HPOZ database – a data entry program – that allowed Robbie and her comrades to perform their own historical survey of their community, a pre-requisite for an HPOZ application. Well-paid research firms usually assemble such detailed property surveys, but Robbie’s ingenuity spared her neighbors that expense – and earned the praise of the experts. Three other HPOZs have since utilized Robbie’s custom-made software.
Robbie learned the ins-and-outs of historic preservation by apprenticing herself to Anna Marie Brooks, an architectural historian with a lifetime of experience in the field. “Anna allowed me to tag along and follow her everywhere. No question I asked was too dumb. Without her generosity, I would never have tried to accomplish anything of this scale.”



Robbie was born and raised in Santa Monica – her grandparents came west from Boston early in the last century. “I must have been 30 years old before I was east of La Brea,” she jokes. But as Santa Monica evolved from being a sleepy, almost Midwestern, small town into a dense, hip, and busy mini-metropolis, Robbie’s ties to the Westside began to fray.
“We needed more space, our kids were teenagers. I had just finished a rather difficult job and my husband had just gotten a new job that paid well and he said, ‘What do you want to do?’ And I said, ‘Fix up an old house.’ And he said, ‘Go find one.’ And here we are.”
“I like the patina, the marks of the people who used to live here,” Robbie explains her passion for historic homes. “I know something about the family that built this house. The man that built it was very ill at the time and he died of tuberculosis three years after it was finished.” In the process of researching her home, Robbie discovered photographs of the original owner’s children. These photographs hang in the entry hall today. [See photos right and below.]
In 2006 Robbie and her neighbors started talking about creating an HPOZ to protect the 500-plus properties in their neighborhood [click to see map]. It was a conversation motivated by teardowns and the destruction of original facades for quick and cheap remodeling jobs. “And we were losing places right, left, and center to condo developers,” she remarks. “They’d come knocking on our front door and tell me that I didn’t need to fix up this house, I could just sell it to them.”
But Robbie wasn’t about to let her historic Wilshire Park neighborhood be systematically dismantled by real estate developers and speculators. “I just started digging up information on HPOZs and we got a lot of the cons and a lot of the pros. That was the time when Hancock Park and Windsor Square were going though their battles over becoming HPOZs and their opponents were spreading a lot of baloney about how they wouldn’t be allowed to plant geraniums in their front yards.”
Robbie didn’t encounter any resistance from her neighbors when she pitched them on the idea of forming a HPOZ. “They were all fed up with seeing new projects built corner-to-corner on the lots – and all of a sudden you wake up and you’re living next door to a giant stucco shoebox with aluminum sliding windows. So, we had a lot of support. No one believed the negative propaganda about HPOZs.”

Her neighbors weren’t just being altruistic, they had self-interest in mind, too. “A home protected by an HPOZ of comparable lot size and location – and identical in every other regard – to an unprotected home will be worth 20 percent more,” Robbie carefully explains. “That’s statistically supported nationwide for all historic districts. Obviously, if there’s a real estate crash – everyone’s house goes down. And your house isn’t instantly worth 20 percent more just because an HPOZ goes in. But an HPOZ is known to increase everything that makes a neighborhood more livable and desirable. The stability of knowing that these houses are going to be here for a while – and that the people who are buying these houses, by and large, are of the same mind that you are, they’re buying it because it’s historic – that stability is worth 20 percent right there.”

Robbie is familiar with the current situation in the Miracle Mile and has graciously volunteered her expertise as a consultant to the MMRA HPOZ Committee. “You’re in a perfect storm right now because there is so much activity in the Miracle Mile,” Robbie remarks. “Time is not your friend, because all the development money and all the construction has come back.”
When asked what she thinks will happen to the Miracle Mile if the community does not support an HPOZ, Robbie quickly responded: “You’ll turn into Century City.”
For additional information:
City of Los Angeles; Office of Historic Resources:
Wilshire Park HPOZ
Larchmont Buzz:
South Bronson in Wilshire Park Designated Historic District in National Register


Lactose-free Politics •
A Message from Jame's O'Sullivan


Lactose-free Politics

A message from James O’Sullivan, MMRA President


• July 2014: Sunset Blvd. water main rupture floods UCLA
• Sept. 2009: Coldwater Canyon water main rupture floods Ventura Blvd.
• The city replaces water mains once every 315 years
• 42% of Los Angeles’ 10,750 miles of sidewalks are in disrepair
• L.A. pays $3 million to $5 million a year for sidewalk injury claims
• 33% of the streets in the city have a score of D or worse

• Estimated cost of repairing these streets: $4 billion

The circa 1921 water main that spectacularly ruptured a few weeks ago on Sunset Boulevard and flooded UCLA with 20 million gallons of water reminds us that Los Angeles’ infrastructure is collapsing and there isn’t enough money to fix it. Not pipes, not roads, not sidewalks, not bridges, not fire department response times – not much of anything is getting improved, repaired, or replaced these days. It raises the obvious question: Where did all the money go that was supposed to maintain our infrastructure?
It is particularly interesting to me because many of the homes in the Miracle Mile were built in the 1920s. How much of our infrastructure was installed then – and how much of it is cracked or corroded and at the breaking point?
You would think there would be a place to look up current information on the state of our infrastructure, wouldn’t you? But there isn’t. And there’s a reason why such information is not readily available: because real estate development is the brightest star in the City’s overall dim economic firmament and if people really knew the truth about the state of our infrastructure they could use that information to slow or stop new development until the infrastructure issues are remedied. But this “no build” option is anathema to City Hall. As they say, money is the mother’s milk of politics – and to say “no” to developers would deprive politicians of a critical source of daily nutrition.
The City hasn’t always swept these facts under the rug. Back in 1996, when L.A. upgraded its general plan, the City made plans to chronicle infrastructure information and issue a yearly report so decision makers could prioritize public expenditures to ensure that our infrastructure could support development and jobs. It was, as the City declared at the time, an “elegant solution” to marry infrastructure with development. 
Within a couple of years the City found this solution less than elegant. It became a source of acute political indigestion when the powers-that-be realized there wasn’t enough money to make sure neighborhoods had sufficient infrastructure to ensure public safety or quality of life. But they wouldn’t dare to publically admit that. 
So, they declared to the taxpayers that the planning department has the discretion to determine the manner by which the monitoring and reporting requirements of the general plan are done. That "not all plan policies can be achieved in any given action, and in relation to any decision, some goals may be more compelling than others. On a decision-by-decision basis, taking into consideration factual circumstances, it is up to decision makers to decide how best to implement the adopted policies of the general plan in any way which best serves the public health, safety and general welfare."  
That’s a mouthful. Let me translate for you.
What the city leaders really mean is they don’t want a little thing like failing infrastructure to prevent them from approving more and more high density real estate projects ­– they would miss the wonderful clinking sounds from the bottles of fresh milk that are delivered to their doorsteps every morning.
The City continues to hold the line that monitoring and reporting on infrastructure is optional. They are deploying that argument with a project in the Miracle Mile currently going through the Environmental Impact Report process.  This is an absurd spin on “don’t ask, don’t tell.” This is “you can ask, but we can’t tell you because we don’t know – and even if we do, we don’t have to tell.”
Absent comprehensive and transparent monitoring and reporting on the state of the City’s infrastructure, how can we prioritize on what gets fixed and when? How do we budget our resources?
How many water mains could have been replaced with the money the City now must expend to compensate UCLA for the flooding of their campus? How many broken arms and collarbones must pedestrians endure before we come up with a rational plan to repair our jagged sidewalks? How large must the City’s annual budget deficits grow before we get a strong grip on city salaries and pensions?
The truth is hard to take. Behind the scenes, politicians say the public can’t handle the truth. That’s their way of rationalizing the artful way they dodge the facts about our infrastructure (and everything else). I think it’s the politicians who can’t handle the truth – for fear of being placed on a lactose-free diet.

Sunset Blvd. sinkhole [
Courtesy of KTLA]. Click image to enlarge.

For additional information:

Los Angeles Times:
Steve Lopez; A Case Study in L.A.'s Crumbling Infrastructure

Bloomberg Businessweek:
L.A. Faces $15 Billion Bill as Pipes Spring Leaks


Subway Construction Update:
Neighboring HOAs Endorse MMRA Policy

Subway Construction Update:


Beverly Wilshire and La Brea/Hancock
Homeowners Associations
Endorse MMRA Position on
Nighttime, Sunday, and Holiday
Subway Construction
Beverly Wilshire Homes Association and the La Brea/Hancock Homeowners Association have both approved motions endorsing the policy of the Miracle Mile Residential Association on work hours exemptions for subway construction.
MMRA President James O’Sullivan and Vice President Ken Hixon met last week with the board of directors of both neighborhood associations and shared the MMRA’s position that no variances from work hours regulations should be granted for nighttime, Sunday, or holiday subway construction until such time that all three organizations have had an opportunity to meet with the contractors for the project and satisfactorily resolve all questions and issues regarding noise and vibration.
La Brea/Hancock residents living near La Brea and Wilshire and Beverly Wilshire residents near Fairfax and Wilshire have already experienced sleepless nights from utility relocation work at these intersections. The unanimity of the board members of both organizations in adopting motions endorsing the MMRA’s position reflects how deeply the impact of subway construction is felt in adjacent neighborhoods.
“Metro is always shrugging off the impact of subway construction by dragging out the old adage that you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs,” MMRA President Jim O’Sullivan remarked. “Our retort to that has always been that the Miracle Mile is a neighborhood – not a frying pan. And now it’s clear that the Beverly Wilshire and La Brea/Hancock neighborhoods don’t care to be a frying pan for Metro either. It’s a united front now.”

The MMRA’s ongoing petition campaign to stop nighttime, Sunday, and holiday subway construction continues to gather signatures as more and more people experience the disturbances ensuing from the utility relocations currently underway in the Miracle Mile – which have served as an unpleasant preview of coming attractions.
Metro will not listen to us – and our concerns over 10 years of 24/7 subway construction – if we don’t make our voices heard:
Two Projects Under Construction on South Odgen Drive 

12-Unit Condo and 45-Unit Apartment
 Going Up on South Odgen Drive
Demolition began last week to clear the way for construction of a 12-unit condominium at 738 South Ogden Drive [photo above]. Meanwhile, construction has been underway for several months on a 45-unit apartment building across the street at 739 South Odgen Drive – which also has frontage on South Orange Grove Avenue.
The condo project at 738 is replacing a 7-unit building constructed in the 1920s. The property was purchase last year for $2.5 million. The new building will be three stories over podium parking. Each unit will have a balcony and there will be elevator service to a rooftop deck [illustration below].

The 45-unit apartment building under construction at 739 began life in 2007 when four parcels were assembled ­– two on Odgen and two on Orange Grove. Four duplexes were demolished and the separate parcels were combined into one large lot. Plans were approved for a 32-unit condominium project; then the recession put the project on ice. Last year, the project was resurrected as a 45-unit apartment project. The developer took advantage of S.B. 1818 – a law promoting low-income housing – to increase the size of the building by adding four “very low-income” units.
Miracle Mile Real Estate • July 2014 Sales

Miracle Mile Real Estate
July 2014 Sales

1026 Hauser Ave.
3 bdrm, 2 bath
1,792 sq. ft.
lot: 7,250 sq. ft.

listing price: $969,000
sale price: $964,000
sale date: 7-3-2014


819 S. Cochran Ave.
4 bdrm, 4 bath
3,179 sq. ft.
lot: 8,320 sq. ft.

listing price: $1,600,000
sale price: $1,450,000
sale date: 7-16-2014

854 S. Cloverdale Ave.
5 bdrm, 3 bath
2,287 sq. ft.
lot: 8,019 sq. ft.

listing price: $1,299,000
sale price: $1,314,500
sale date: 7-31-2014

724 S. Stanley Ave. #4
condo: 2 bdrm, 2 bath
1,284 sq. ft.
listing price: $529,000
sale price: $1,518,000
sale date: 7-18-2014

5955 W. 8th St. #105
condo: 2 bdrm, 3 bath
1,143 sq. ft.
listing price: $595,000
sale price: $572,000
sale date: 7-15-2014

750 S. Spaulding Ave. #204
condo: 2 bdrm, 2 bath
1,316 sq. ft.
listing price: $629,000
sale price: $615,000
sale date: 7-31-2014

5601 W. Olympic Blvd. #201
condo: 3 bdrm, 2 bath
1,515 sq. ft.
listing price: $689,000
sale price: $675,000
sale date: 7-22-2014

751 S. Curson Ave.
apartment building.
10 studio units

lot: 5,500 sq. ft.
listing price: $1,700,000
sale price: $1,805,000
sale date: 7-23-2014



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MMRA Board Meeting
September 4, 2014
@ 7 PM

Board meetings are held at
the Berch Lounge
Westside Jewish
Community Center

5870 Olympic Blvd.
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MMRA Vice President Ken Hixon is
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Alice S. Cassidy, Vice President

Joseph Steins, Treasurer

Ken Hixon, Vice President/
Director of Communication
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