Work rises to the top of Van de Kamps Bakery *

The steeply pitched roof of the former Van de Kamps Bakery in Glassell Park will once again be covered in red tiles as the years-long renovation of the building enters its final months. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Community College District, which is overseeing the construction project near Fletcher Drive and San Fernando Road, said about 70% of the buildings’ original shingles were saved to be reused on top of the bakery, which was built in 1930 in a Dutch Renaissance Revival style (some roof portions also look to be covered with an asphalt-like shingles).

The building once threatened with demolition was saved by a coalition of activists, who worked to transform the old building and new structures into a $70 million satellite of Los Angeles Community College. That plan crumbled last year as a budget crunch forced the college district to abandon the idea of opening a satellite campus, which instead will now house a charter school and other educational and community services. The Van de Kamps Coalition has challenged the district over what it claims is an alleged misuse of bond monies. As the groups battle on, the old Van de Kamps bakery building is scheduled to be completed this Spring. * Update: The Van de Kamps Coalition said a bond oversight committee voted Friday to ask the district to appoint an independent financial analyst and attorney to look into the change of use of the Van de Kamps property. The Eastsider is seeking comment from the district. Photos by The Eastsider

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