Windsor Village NEWS


Plans for Harold Henry Park Renovations

posted Feb 3, 2014, 3:30 PM by Windsor Village Association

Dear Windsor Village,

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 a renovation design plan for Harold Henry Park was presented at our local Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) board meeting. The meeting was well attended by neighbors including representatives from the Friends of Harold Henry Park Committee. Michelle Levy, City of LA Planning Department, was present in place of Nora Dresser.

After a long discussion with Windsor Village residents and the Friends Committee represented by WV resident Julie Stromberg, the HPOZ Board approved City of L.A. Landscape Architect Craig Raines’ Harold A. Henry Park renovation design proposal by unanimous vote. This vote now allows the process to move forward into a final design and construction documents phase. However, Craig Raines must return to the HPOZ board prior to actual construction to present a design with final details in place: location and color of benches and tables, final playground equipment layout and elevations, etc. 

Note: Craig Raines stated that the initial “park revitalization” project was to “pump new life” into the park’s mid-section. However, upon further inspection, the City found the park in need of further renovations to address public safety concerns. The City of L.A. has also mandated that renovations of all public facilities be ADA compliant. Mr. Raines’ design, as presented, was to bring the park into ADA compliance while still maintaining the integrity and character of the space. The current footprint of the park will be unchanged in new design. Attached are notes from a meeting on 01-16-14 which goes into additional detail about the plans, some of this information was changed on 01-21-14.

Below is a review of the park renovation plans that were approved by the HPOZ board.

Thank you,

Windsor Village Board of Directors and

Friends of Harold Henry Park

 

Upper (East) area of the Park

  • The Harold A. Henry Park sign will be refurbished.
  • Steps on Francis Ave. will be cleaned, but not replaced. No American Disabilities Act (ADA) access in this location.
  • Current cement and brick herringbone pattern surrounding playground will be replaced and will only be brick herringbone pattern and no cement. Surround area will have same dimensions as current set up.
  • A new L.A. City regulation drinking fountain will be added.

Playground Area Details

  • New benches have a simple design similar to what now exists in the park. The benches will have slats for the sitting area and some benches will have back support; the benches are made of metal and a composite material that mimics the shape and look of wood.
  • Playground equipment chosen is traditional in look and not bulky in appearance. A color scheme of “Acorn” and “Leaf” (brown and green) was selected by The Friends Committee to be used for the playground equipment, manufactured by Landscape Structures Inc. (“LSI”). We have not yet decided on the precise colors for the other park amenities (ex. benches and trash cans), because they are made by a different manufacturer, Landscape Forms, but they will match the muted color scheme of the playground.
  • The playground surface will be 50 percent sand and 50 percent non-toxic, American Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant resilient play surfacing. The color of the playground’s resilient surfacing will be decided by Friends of Harold Henry Park and Craig Raines once the surfacing material is determined; it will match the color scheme. There will be a sand section in the northwest corner and a sand section in the east end of the playground running from north to south.
  • Elevated play equipment which “generally” represents what will be installed in the playground (including two separate slides) was presented by Craig Raines, but did not include all of the specific components the community requested. Craig Raines presented photos of what the 5-12 years of age slides will look like, but he did not present specifications for the bucket seat swings for children 5-12 years of age. In the near future Mr. Raines will present elevated play equipment with all desired components (ex. Sensory panels, 12” elevated steps, monkey bars, etc.). In the interim, we delineated at the meeting all components of the elevated play equipment and other playground equipment for the record. Manufacture of playground equipment will take 6-8 weeks. City will minimize playground downtime.
  • Sun shades over the play equipment were discussed, but not pursued due to issues of cost as well as appearance, given their required height and structure. Mr. Raines will consider adding trees near playground to increase shade over playground equipment.

 

Mid-Section Details

  • All park amenities will be manufactured by Landscape Forms, which Craig Raines rates as a high quality manufacturer: http://www.landscapeforms.com
  • Steps from the playground area to mid-section will remain in place and will be refurbished. A required handrail will be added. The HPOZ board voted to have a square handrail installed that would be consistent with the benches (instead of a round handrail).
  • The middle and upper will be connected by a cement ADA-compliant pathway indicated on earlier designs, wrapping around the vegetation planter near the top of the steps and connecting to the walk by the Mid-section meeting area. This path will have handrails that match the stairs and are similar in look to the bench armrest rails. The path of this walkway will reconfigure the planter area but will require minimal removal of existing grass area.
  • Vegetation planter area will be refurbished with new plantings.
  • Brick herringbone pattern will be maintained.
  • Drinking fountain will be replaced with a standard L.A. City regulation drinking fountain.

 

Lower Section (Picnic area)

  • City will not allow wood amenities, such as benches and picnic shade structure, due to cost and maintenance reasons
  • Concrete pad under picnic shade structure will be removed and area made flat for ADA accessibility. Drainage issues will be addressed.
  • Bricks will be replaced with new brick in same parquet pattern.
  • Current concrete tables with benches will not be replaced. City will clean and re-install current concrete tables with attached benches in new picnic area in a better arrangement.
  • Metal pergola shade structure will be installed and mimic the pre-existing pergola shade structure that was recently removed.


General 

  • Lights will be added throughout the park. Locations will be specified in final plans.
  • Selection of placement for benches and mid-section chairs still to be determined. Mr. Raines will work with Friends of Harold Henry Park on their final placement.

WINDSOR VILLAGE ANNUAL MEETING

posted Nov 15, 2013, 10:45 PM by Windsor Village Association   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 10:48 PM ]

WVA Annual Meeting at 
Harold Henry Park, Saturday November 9, 2013, 10:00am

Windsor Village Board Members In attendance

Diane Dicksteen, President
Betty Fox, Treasurer and Windsor Village’s Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Representative
Vickie Bascoy
Allison Sapunor   
Ros Strotz
Nigel Dick     
Joe Hoffman
 
Absent:
Laurie Kaufman, Secretary
Holly Holyk
Clyde Lieberman
 
Meeting called to order at 10:05am. The board was introduced to the 10 Windsor Village (WV) residents that were in attendance at the meeting. Two new residents were welcomed.
 
The WV By-laws states an annual meeting is required to be held in the last quarter of the year to up date the WV residents about what the board has been working on and what plans are in the works.
 
Projects
 
MORUMBILA CONDO at 853-859 S. Lucerne Blvd
This is the conversion of the St. James Apartment building into condominiums and a new building on the empty lot. The developers of the proposed Morumbila Condominium project at 853-859 S. Lucerne will be presenting their final design to the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) November 19th meeting at the United Methodist Church on Wilshire. for approval of a Certificate of Compatibility, which is their next step in obtaining building permits. Windsor Village residents concerned with oversized developments in our neighborhood should plan to attend this meeting.
 
Harold Henry Park
Almost a year after a small group of interested neighborhood residents proposed a simple upgrade to the center seating area of Harold Henry Park, the city Parks and Recreation Department replied with a plan for a massive overhaul encompassing the entire park. This new proposal was made possible by a large grant of Quimby Funds (these are funds paid by developers in lieu of dedicating land for park or recreation purposes for new subdivisions) and the attention of Council District 4. The neighborhood group, now formed officially as the Friends of Harold Henry Park and chaired by Julie Stromberg, met with the representatives of Parks and Rec to review their proposal and comment on the many proposed improvements and changes. There were two major factors in the proposal that the committee addressed as the basis for further review and involvement in developing a final plan: Required compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the "modernization" of the Park. The Friends committee, now numbering more than 15 active members of our neighborhood and divided into three working groups covering the playground, center seating area and lower picnic area of the park, held two meetings with representatives of Recreation and Parks to discuss current and future park usage and facilities, the compatibility with the requirements of the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, safety issues, and our overwhelming desire to upgrade the facilities without changing the nature of our beloved neighborhood park. 

At the current time, we are awaiting presentation of the latest revisions to the plan from Parks and Recreation. There is a presentation to the HPOZ board for approval tentatively scheduled for the November 19th meeting at the United Methodist Church on Wilshire.
 
Security
SLO Ruben Gonzales has been advising us of the happenings in our area and the surrounding neighborhood with his E-Policing updates, that are forwarded to you .  He is recommending that as the holiday season approaches, we are all diligent about locking our cars, not leaving valuables on display in the car.  Make sure your house doors and windows are locked and if you have an alarm system turn it on.  Also to always be aware of your surroundings.  Report any suspicious activity to the police.  Non Emergency number 1-877-ASKLAPD
 
The Subway
Metro has been holding meeting to update the project.   To learn more, visit metro.net/Crenshaw.  The space at the corner of Wilshire and Crenshaw and Lorraine will be used as a staging area for the next 10 years.  Residents on Lorraine have reported that the lot is not being kept clean, people are sleeping in the bushes and there has been a lot of noisy activity at night.  This has been reported to Ben Seinfield and we are waiting for more details
 
Other suggestions
It was suggested that the date for the WV Annual Meeting be posted for next year in advance, so that the community is aware of it and maybe we would have better attendance.
 
The meeting was adjourned by 11:00 am
 
Submitted by Diane Dicksteen
WVA President

Join your Neighbors!

posted Nov 7, 2013, 8:25 PM by Windsor Village Association

WINDSOR VILLAGE ANNUAL MEETING, 2013
 
Harold Henry Park
Saturday, November 10
10:00-11:00 am

We will meet in the center of the park
 The board of directors will share updates about projects affecting Windsor Village.

We hope to see you there!

Annual Community Potluck

posted Oct 2, 2013, 3:49 PM by Windsor Village Association   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 10:51 PM ]

Windsor Village

Community Potluck

All Windsor Villagers Welcome! Come meet your Neighbors!


Saturday

Oct. 5, 2013

 Noon to 3 p.m.

Program begins at 12:30

 

844 S. Windsor Blvd.

Please bring beverages, salad, a main course or dessert

Utensils, cups, plates & napkins will be provided 

RSVP & for more info. contact: windsorvillageassn@gmail.com

 



HPOZ Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 17

posted Sep 16, 2013, 11:02 AM by Windsor Village Association   [ updated Sep 16, 2013, 11:15 AM ]

Join us for another important Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) meeting! We'll be discussing the Morumbila development at 853-859 S. Lucerne Blvd.

Tuesday, September 17
7:00 pm
United Methodist Church 
4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005
(at Plymouth Blvd.)

Meeting on Park Improvements

posted Sep 4, 2013, 4:40 PM by Windsor Village Association   [ updated Sep 4, 2013, 4:41 PM ]


Windsor Village Newsletter, August 2013

posted Aug 12, 2013, 7:51 PM by Windsor Village Association   [ updated Aug 12, 2013, 7:53 PM ]

Greetings Windsor Village. We hope you're having a great summer! Here are some updates and news items:
 
Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Meeting
The next meeting will be August 14, 7pm at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Update on Lucerne Morumbila Condominium Development
On Wednesday, July 3, the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning's Deputy Advisory Agency held a hearing regarding the modification of a previously approved Tentative Tract map for 853-859 S. Lucerne Blvd. The modification would increase the number of units in the new construction from 14 to 15, in addition to the 18 units in the existing structure at 853 S. Lucerne. 

Windsor Village Association was informed that this would be our only opportunity to get our specific points of opposition into the City’s formal record for any future appeals, although those issues would not specifically be addressed during this hearing. 

The developers, represented by their architect, Peter Wilson, argued that they were "within rights" to request the additional density for the proposed development according to the zoning laws. The opposition was represented by a coalition of Windsor Village Association board members, concerned neighbors from both Windsor Village and Fremont Place, and legal counsel. Seven of those rose to address the Hearing Officer, Mr. Tokunaga, to express their concerns regarding the impact of the proposed Lucerne development on traffic, historic compatibility, property values, density and neighboring properties. Additionally, Rene Weitzer, the Deputy for Land Use Planning for Council District 4, expressed her and Council Member LaBonge's support of the neighborhood's concerns regarding the project as currently proposed. 

The Hearing Officer took the matter under submission stating that he felt a decision from the HPOZ Board should come before any decision by city planning.

We will keep you up to date on any further developments and encourage you to attend any of the meetings announced where this project will be discussed.

Harold Henry Park Committee
We have a committed group of neighbors that have formed the Friends of Harold Henry Park Committee. They are currently waiting to hear back from L.A. City Department of Recreation & Parks about renovations to Harold Henry Park. As soon as they have anything to report they will let us know.
 
Save the Date! Annual Windsor Village Picnic!
Please mark your calendars for Windsor Village's annual picnic potluck: Saturday, October 5 from 12:00 - 3:00. A separate email went out today including a flyer.

Important Phone Numbers
Emergency CALL 911

NON Emergency 1-877-asklapd and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Ruben Gonzales: 34924@lacity.org

311 will direct you to various agencies for bulk pickups, trees down, lights out, etc.

Harold Henry Park problems: WEEKDAYS: Office Barragan: (213) 798-8789; WEEKENDS: 1-877-asklapd and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Ruben Gonzales: 34924@lacity.org

Councilmember Tom LaBonge (4th district) tom.labonge@lacity.org, Main Office (213) 485-3337

Council District 4, LaBonge’s Field Deputy Ben Seinfeldben.seinfeld@lacity.org


Laurie Kaufman
Secretary
Windsor Village Association
windsorvillageassn@gmail.com
http://www.windsorvillage.org

Lucerne Condo Development

posted May 13, 2013, 10:38 PM by Windsor Village Association   [ updated May 14, 2013, 9:10 AM ]

Windsor Village is in the process of engaging the owners/developers of a large condominium project on Lucerne Blvd. The developers are seeking to build a 5 story, 15 unit condo on the empty lot at 859 S. Lucerne, formerly occupied by a single family home. This building would be attached to, and also contain additional parking for the condo conversion requirements of 853 S. Lucerne (James Terrace) in a two-level subterranean garage.


According to the original proposal, the new building will be built to minimum setbacks, dwarfing the two-story home to its south and presenting the tallest façade on the block to the street. It will also force removal of one of the oldest and tallest trees on the block located at the front of the lot.

Our goal is not to prevent the building of a condo on this property, but to guarantee that any new construction is compatible with both the adjacent buildings and the neighborhood as a whole in terms of scale, appearance and footprint on the property. Our first line of engagement is the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) Board's consultation and review of the project.

If you are directly affected by this proposed building, or live on Lucerne, or just don't want to see more out-of-scale construction in our historic neighborhood, please visit this website for updates and how to get involved.



Harold Henry Park Renovation

posted May 13, 2013, 5:26 PM by Windsor Village Association   [ updated May 14, 2013, 9:18 AM ]

Harold Henry Park Improvements 2013

Further to our WVA meeting on April 13, 2013 about Harold Henry Park , Ben Seinfeld of Councilman Tom LaBonge's office (CD4) asked to meet with four members of the Park Committee, along with a representative from the LAPD, and the landscape architect from the LA Dept of Parks & Rec.  Diane Dicksteen, John Kaliski, Julie Grist and Allison Sapunor, who are all the initial core Park Committee members, attended the meeting, as requested by CD4.

CD4 now understands and supports the community's interest in updating and upgrading the middle "passive" section of the park with additional landscaping and trees, changes to the hardscape and gardens, providing new benches and seating areas, replacing the water fountain and possibly adding additional lighting. A set of drawings (above) of the initial proposal was created courtesy of John Kalisky Architects. Many thanks to the firm and WV resident John Kalisky for making this presentation.

The next step is for Parks and Rec to budget out all the requests and see what they think can be done with the funds allotted for HH Park (which we don't have a dollar figure on.)  While no time frame has been determined, we expect Parks and Rec to get back to CD4 and Windsor Village in the next couple of months with a budget.  The funds for park improvement are "Quimby" fund related to the large BRE development at La Brea and Wilshire, essentially money that BRE project is required to put back into the local community in improvements.

Interestingly, the City's landscape architect marveled at how lovely,  traditional and un-cluttered our "old-time" park is, and how rare that is in Los Angeles. He also felt that the park should not fenced and that we should try to maintain the classic feel and look of the open green-space. The park was created in 1965 due to the efforts of residents at the time who fought a large multi-family residential complex and encouraged Councilman Harold Henry to create the green space that we all enjoy today.

A number of residents have put forth their names to assist on the Park Committee and we will be in contact with you as we hear word again from CD4 and Parks & Rec. We hope to create a Friends of Harold Henry Park committee that will help us move this improvement phase forward. So far, our list of volunteers for the Park Committee includes: Hugh Wilton, Charles Dougherty, Jeff Healy, Kori Jones, Julie Stromberg, Susan Beeson, Woody Hartman, and Jeannine Balfour. If you'd like to add your name to the Committee please email windsorvillageassn@gmail.com.
The WVA proposal and architectural drawings for the park are included below in the attached files. Click on them to review.

Windsor Village Potluck

posted Sep 10, 2012, 3:08 PM by Windsor Village Association   [ updated Sep 10, 2012, 3:08 PM ]


Windsor Village hosted its Annual Picnic/Potluck on Saturday Sept 8th, and was honored with the presence of two City Council members at the event: Councilman Herb Wesson of CD 10 and Councilman Tom LaBonge of CD4.
Windsor Village, located between Wilshire and Olympic, Lucerne and Lorraine, was moved from CD 10 to CD 4 in the recent redistricting, joining fellow associations in the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council under LaBonge's tutelage. Windsor Village had many long productive years of work with Herb Wesson's office however, and wanted to thank the Councilman and his staff for their support over the years, which included becoming one of the city's newest HPOZs.

windsor-village-firetruck

The event was hosted at the home of Coldwell realtor Victoria Bascoy (seen at left with the Councilmen) on Windsor Blvd, and included a visit by the LA Fire Department with trucks for the neighborhood children to climb upon.

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