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City Council Approves Demolition Notification Ordinance

Empty lot at 421 North Van Ness where an old craftsman bulldozed without any notification earlier this year.
Empty lot at 421 North Van Ness where an old craftsman bulldozed without any notification earlier this year.

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that requires notification to demolish buildings older than 45 years old anywhere in Los Angeles, and will provide neighbors with an opportunity to know first hand about what is being proposed in their neighborhoods.

The new ordinance also requires notification of demolition to the abutting property owners and the Council District Office, in addition to posting notice on the property. The notice must be done 30 days prior to issuance of the demolition permit. CD13 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell introduced the original motion.

“This new ordinance will go a long way toward protecting non-designated local landmarks and architectural gems that are significant to the rich history in the 13th District,” said O’Farrell. “I want to thank the City Attorney and the Office of Historic Resources for working on this policy that will affect all of Los Angeles.”

The goals of the ordinance are to protect historic structures that are non-designated and to empower communities to weigh in before a demolition occurs.

“Too many times, I’ve seen buildings demolished before permits for a new project is even approved,” said O’Farrell. “This results in lifeless, empty lots which can create blight in our neighborhoods.”

The City Council approved the Ordinance with a 11-0 vote on 11/25/2014. However, the language will require a second reading on 12/2/2014 with a simple majority. The ordinance will take effect sometime in January.


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