GLASSELL PARK — Early this year the officers and staff of the LAPD Northeast Division moved into a new station that is more modern and spacious than their old home. But there’s one thing that the new, approximately $25 million station is lacking: parking. Now, the city is proposing to spend nearly $10 million more to build a new parking garage while the LAPD works to lease temporary parking spaces from a church.
The 52,000-square-foot station at the corner of San Fernando Road and Treadwell Street was constructed with leftover bond funds from Prop. Q, which paid for new public safety facilities. But there was not enough bond money to pay for a parking garage, leaving staff and visitors to cram into small surface lots or search for scarce street parking.
There is some parking relief in sight. Mayor Garcetti’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes $9.68 million to design and construct a 240-space parking garage “to ensure efficient operations at the station,” according to budget documents.
But, if that budget item is approved, it would still be a while before construction begins. The construction itself would worsen the parking crunch because the station’s approximately 270 officers plus support staff will not be able to park on an existing lot while the new structure is being built. Capt Arturo Sandoval said he’s happy to see money in the proposed budget for the garage but that construction will “significantly” reduce the number of parking spots to the rear of the station.
The police station’s parking problems might be addressed in the short term thanks to the New Life Vision Church in Atwater Village. Until a new garage is completed, the LAPD is planning to lease parking spaces from the church under a free, two-year lease, according to a City Council motion introduced by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. It’s not an ideal situation since the church is about a mile a way from the station, which will require LAPD employees to be shuttled back and forth. But apparently that’s less inconvenient than having officers and staff hunt for street parking.
“Any off site parking may require sworn and non-sworn personnel to be shuttled in to Northeast by on-duty employees,” Sandoval said in an email. “This has been done at other commands as their stations were being built. We will do what we can to minimize any impact caused by parking off site.”
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