Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Council Approves City's First L.A. River Land Purchase

September 22, 2009 Monica Valencia (213) 473-7001

Reyes, Council Approve City’s First L.A. River Land PurchaseThe 6.3-acre Albion Dairy site, a key link in the L.A. River Revitalization Master Plan, will be used for public park and model for natural water treatment

The City’s first Los Angeles River property purchase – the 6.3-acre Albion Dairy site near downtown L.A.—was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council today.

Spearheaded by Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, the Albion Dairy project involves transforming the former dairy site into a public park and a national model for natural stormwater treatment.

“This purchase is significant also because it demonstrates a desire and commitment to create open space for our neighbors along the L.A. River said Reyes, who chairs the City’s Ad Hoc Committee on the L.A. River.

The $17.56 million acquisition, funded by Proposition O, includes the purchase price of the property and environmental assessments.

The river-adjacent parcel sits on Spring Street, about 1.5 miles northeast of downtown in the Los Angeles community of Lincoln Heights, and provides drainage for a 254-acre area.

The parcel is a key link in the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, a 25-50 year blueprint to transform the City’s 32-mile stretch of the L.A. River into a continuous greenbelt linking communities. The future park site will connect regional open space such as the Downey Recreation Center, the Downey Child Care Center and the Los Angeles State Historic Park, also known as the Cornfield.