27 Jan A Historic Step Forward
By Stephen Mejia-Carranza, Policy and Advocacy Manager
Friday, January 27, 2017
Update: The City of Los Angeles officially closed escrow on the G2 Parcel on March 3rd.
The River’s future is drawing near! LA City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti took a historic step forward in our fight to bring the LA River back to life. After years of planning and months of negotiation, the 41-acre G2 parcel – the “crown jewel” of the LA River – was bought by the City of Los Angeles and closed escrow on March 3rd!
This is the City’s first major land acquisition that contributes to Alternative 20. These 41-acres of river-adjacent land will ensure we can maximize habitat restoration, publicly accessible open space, and recreational opportunities for the long underserved community surrounding the G2 Parcel. At the same time, it will allow us to make key improvements to flood control which will protect all communities along the Glendale Narrows. As our climate vacillates from scorching drought to dramatic rainstorms, it is more urgent than ever to build a future where our River nourishes and protects the community. Thanks to the LA City Council and Mayor Garcetti future is now more attainable.
Soon the City will report back on its next steps, outlined in the LA City Bureau of Engineering report.
We’re very happy to see a phased approach, as this will allow the public to see short term benefits while funding for larger restoration is secured. FoLAR will be there every step of the way to make sure the process continues to respect the interest of the River and our community.
This is an incredible milestone that could not have been accomplished without our partners, elected leaders, and most importantly the support from you, the River Community. Congratulations! You’re making the LA River’s future brighter!