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Protecting Walnut Canyon

i Jan 9th No Comments by

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For some time, NELA GreenSpace has been fighting to save natural open space in the neighborhood of Glassell Park — fighting to save beautiful canyons and hillsides that have no legal protection against development. We want to preserve these spaces for the benefit of everyone who lives in Northeast Los Angeles. 

Today, there is an urgent need to protect Walnut Canyon, a beautiful hillside with mature walnut trees and native wildlife, which faces complete destruction by a proposed development of 32 new homes. This large development is called Abode at Glassell Park. 

The Abode developers have completed and submitted their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to the City, a critical final step in the approval process for their development. This Report is open to public review and criticism until February 21. If this DEIR is accepted by the City of Los Angeles, it will be very difficult to stop the Abode development from going forward. 

The DEIR completely misrepresents the impact this 32 house development will have on the landscape, on the surrounding neighborhood, and on NELA open space generally. The development’s huge impact on local traffic, noise, water runoff, wildlife migration patterns, and protected trees is dismissed in the document. And the the most important role played by Walnut Canyon in the community — its use as natural open park space — is neglected entirely in the document. As everyone who lives here knows, Glassell Park is a densely urbanized neighborhood with very little park space.  Walnut Canyon provides an easily accessed green area that gives residents and the larger local community access to walking, hiking, relaxing and learning about nature, with all the health benefits that such outdoor activities provide.  

To analyze and respond to the DEIR — and to fight the Abode development project overall — NELA GreenSpace has been working for some time with a legal firm that specializes in land use issues. And today, we are at a critical juncture in the fight to save Walnut Canyon. Again, if the DEIR is accepted by the City as it is now written, there will be little chance to save the Canyon.

NELA GreenSpace wants Walnut Canyon to be secured as public parkland.  Alongside our battle with the Abode developers, we are working with state agencies and elected officials to save this pristine undeveloped land in perpetuity.

But this fight takes money. Many of you have generously donated for our work up to this point, but we will need to raise several thousand dollars in the next couple of weeks so that our attorneys can complete a meticulous response to the Draft Environmental Impact Report. Won’t you help us preserve open space in Northeast Los Angeles?

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