By NATHAN SOLIS
GLASSELL PARK — A group of residents in Glassell Park are concerned about a residential development proposed for Walnut Canyon. Still in the early stages, the developers plan to build 32 single-family homes on the hillside property now covered with lush green grass and trees.
Several trees on the hillside have metal tags attached to the trunks and have been spray painted red, triggering concern about their fate. Resident Marino Pascal noticed the red paint and tags on the trees starting January 18 and contacted NELA Greenspace, a website devoted to preserving open space. “Our undeveloped canyons and hillsides provide a connection with nature, they provide a sanctuary for wildlife … and they provide open greenspace in an otherwise concrete city,” says NELA Greenspace.
But a representative for the developer said that the markings do not necessarily mean the trees will be removed. “The markings are simply from a surveyor. The developers intend to do an-depth review, and will comply with the specific plan.”
The property owner, Boston Associates Investment Fund, is still in the early phases of the project, which would be constructed near Haverhill Drive above Division Street. “Our application [with the Planning Department] allows for a more holistic view of the property,” said the developer representative,” and intends to recognize that though there are separate lots that are already subdivided, the construction of the project really constitutes a larger project.”
Several company names have been assigned to the project, as the project has several investors with a roster of LLCs. The project is overseen by Adam O’Neil and concept designs are by KTGY Architecture Planning.
The Glassell Park Neighborhood Council says no representatives from the developer have attended the Planning and Land Use Committee about the project.
Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.