Last week, we reported on efforts to preserve two apartment buildings at 412 and 424 N. Norton, for which a demolition permit was applied last month. Neighbors spoke out against the planned demolition, noting that the city’s SurveyLA project deemed the buildings eligible for both city and national historic status.
At the time of last week’s news, the Los Angeles City Council was still on holiday recess, and representatives of City Council Member David Ryu’s office said there was nothing they could do until the Council resumed sessions this week. But yesterday, with the Council in action again, Ryu introduced a motion requesting that the Council…
“…initiate consideration of the Bungalow Court Apartments, located at 412-420 and 424-430 N. Norton Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90004, as a City Historic-Cultural Monument under the procedures of Section 22.171.10 of the Administrative Code, and instruct the Planning Department to prepare the Historic-Cultural Monument application for review and consideration by the Cultural Heritage Commission.”
The motion was seconded by Council President Herb Wesson and adopted unanimously by the 14 council members present at yesterday’s meeting. After the Historic Cultural Monument application is prepared by the Planning Department, it will be submitted to the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission for consideration.
In the meantime, to further demonstrate neighborhood support for the designation, according to Karen Gilman, the Larchmont Village resident who co-authored the original letter urging city officials to take action on the properties, the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association last night “voted unanimously to take a position of support for the nomination of the Historical Cultural Monument designation of the Norton Court and Norton Flats, 412-420 and 424 and 430 N. Norton, respectively.”
Gilman, who said she is happy with the progress on the issue so far, noted that the city’s actions should help to postpone the developer’s demolition plans while the HCM application is being prepared and considered.