The site behind The Echo nightclub is currently occupied by an outdoor handball and basketball court operated by El Centro Del Pueblo, a social services nonprofit. These properties “may be suitable for development as permanent supportive housing to help address the city’s homelessness and housing crisis,” said O’Farrell’s City Council motion. (An adjacent playground is not covered by the proposal, said the council office.)
Sandra Figueroa, who heads El Centro, did not take a position on the idea. Her organization wants to hear from O’Farrell as to “why he feels that the S. Mark Taper Recreation Center, which provides youth and families recreation activities is a suitable venue for the development of permanent supportive housing for the homeless.”
The city-owned property once served as public parking lots until they were converted to recreational use in the 1990s. O’Farrell has also proposed turning a public parking lot in Hollywood into an emergency homeless shelter.
O’Farrell’s Echo Park motion has to be approved by the full City Council before staff can study the proposal. So it could take awhile before anything is decided — or built.
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