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Old 09-11-2008, 03:29 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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My partner works for a non-profit organization in the SFV, in the heart of Van Nuys in fact. He org. was approached by city council members, businesses, and the chamber of commerce for the organization of revitalizing V.N. and the Van Nuys Blvd.

Has anyone heard of this? They have appropriated the funds to start later this year and will continue for a number of years later. My partner is saying this project is going to cost in the hundreds of millions, may be shy of a billion $$$$, when they finish.

Anybody heard anything, esp. if you're from the inside!!!! This would be great!!!!
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Old 09-11-2008, 04:31 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley, CA
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Nope...will they spruce up the areas between Sherman Way and Oxnard(not that you know...lol)

Will the "spruce" be for the Mexicans??? Or will it go back to a way most natives are, or were familiar with? I could care less if it involves Ritmo Latino getting a facelift...we'll see I guess.
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Old 09-11-2008, 04:50 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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This is his interpretation. He is getting his info from his superiors. From Ventura blvd. all the up to Panorama Mall at Roscoe. They are re-doing Panorama Mall area to rival Glandale or Westfield Topanga. Along that corridor it's going to be shopping and mid-level apt/condos. He has understood they want a Melrose, La Brea, Santa Monica, and Silver Lake kind of atmosphere. They have been building models and drawing up plans for the media release in the near future. We're looking right now for real estate in those areas. Building should start sometime early 2009. Expected finish date is 2015.

They want to clear the Panorama Mall area, including the shopping center across the street and along Vesper and make it the largest mall in the west. They're speculation is that the developers are wanting to go all the way down to Lanark st., as well, to make this GIGANTIC Mall. I think they have a name picked out! I'll do more snooping.
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Old 09-11-2008, 04:57 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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it was my understanding that nieghborhoods like Melrose, La Brea, Santa Monica, and Silver Lake had to be created organically by those vested in the neighborhood, not manufactured by developers. i am hesitant to believe that specific plans by the city will turn out as planned.
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Old 09-11-2008, 05:00 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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it was my understanding that nieghborhoods like Melrose, La Brea, Santa Monica, and Silver Lake had to be created organically by those vested in the neighborhood, not manufactured by developers. i am hesitant to believe that specific plans by the city will turn out as planned.
Me too. Especially with the budget. But, his non profit org. was approached by the planners and his org is taking it seriously that things are changing within that org. to accommadate for the change.
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:13 PM
 
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The Panorama Mall area is so gross, as is Van Nuys Blvd around Victory. They might put money into it, but I don't see that area attracting the type of people they'll need to make it work.
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Old 09-12-2008, 05:04 PM
 
Location: San Fernando Valley, CA
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Montgomery Ward has been empty for yeeeeeeears right there on Roscoe. They hold those cheap Meixcan carnivals there. That whole area is a pit. I can't see it changing and bringing people to that area. Everyone already drives to Northridge, Topanga or Glendale as it is. They can rid the swap meet, but what about the Walmart, Food4Less, whatever that mexican grocery store is called behind F4L, and McDonalds??? I don't plan on being here in 2015 so it wouldn't matter. lol
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Old 09-12-2008, 05:47 PM
 
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Some backstory and forwardstory: Van Nuys Blvd., until roughly twenty years ago, had many businesses for all sorts of community needs, department stores, movie theatres, book stores, many kinds of restaurants. The Van Nuys Auto sales district is a vestigial remnant, God bless 'em.

Nowadays, the rest of Van Nuys Blvd. remains stores catering to foreign nationals and immigrants, both legal and illegal, with a specialty of south of our border; i.e., my Asian neighbors as well as fellow afficianados can't find gourmet mom+pop Asian eateries, or even eateries of any other hemispheres. There's also a huge emphasis on third world type sales mindset: I've been eye-witness to peddlars of narcocorridora music cds, copyright-infringing black market media, and hordes of uninspected food vendors selling stale and worse food to children.

Ten years ago, surrounding the Valley secessionist threats, L.A. deigned to transfer funds to needy Valley neighborhoods, and I participated in the Targeted Neighborhood Initiatives that funneled monies to my area for sidewalk repair, speed-bumps, trees planted and building code enforcement. This made for some nice quality of life repairs that benefitted all, and there were many committees and many discussions of how to help all of the area, residential and business. By the by, some of us artier types had to explain to more conservative others that the Ritmo Latino music store that used to be here was in fact a Melrose-type store, with its exuberant modern design and attraction to the young. And we actually got our Historic Preservation Zone Overlay for the sole remnant of the old Valley between Vanowen and Victory, east of Van Nuys Blvd.

What happened next is ...dicey. The districts were re-gerrymandered away from the councilpeople that were helping the forward motion here. It became very clear that, with the exception of clean-up immediately around the Valley City Hall wherein councilpeople would have to actually traverse, the surrounding area was meant to be a dumping ground so that tonier neighborhoods wouldn't have to suffer dog pounds, parole offices, block-wide swap meets and outdoor, stadium-amplification noise festival events that punish all taxpaying home-owning residents nearby.

There is a twelve story office building on Van Nuys near Sherman Way that was damaged in the '94 earthquake that could have been repaired to house pricey offices with an uninterrupted view of the Valley, which could have goosed badly needed tax bases here very nicely. Instead, the city wants to put "projects" housing there.

The city does not want, and cannot get, an upscale area by pursuing its current flaggellation of the Valley policies. After one visit, I know I won't visit the Panorama City Mall again, as it features little I would be interested in, and there's even a language barrier. I am holding out hopes for the Victory Blvd. development near Fulton wherein the owner actually claimed that he decried the lack of basic middle class amenities for our area, such as actual restaurant variety, and was actively pursuing same for this spot.

And brikag, no one is going to go for condos sold as "upscale" in Panorama City along Van Nuys Blvd. This is the exact area wherein the Valley has its one and only gang injunction against the Blythe St. hoodlums and all the others.

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Old 09-12-2008, 11:06 PM
 
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Montgomery Ward has been empty for yeeeeeeears right there on Roscoe. They hold those cheap Meixcan carnivals there. That whole area is a pit. I can't see it changing and bringing people to that area. Everyone already drives to Northridge, Topanga or Glendale as it is. They can rid the swap meet, but what about the Walmart, Food4Less, whatever that mexican grocery store is called behind F4L, and McDonalds??? I don't plan on being here in 2015 so it wouldn't matter. lol
Weird how they won't even take down the Montgomery wards sign!

Black Angus across the street has now been empty for years.

The area has changed so much! I use to shop at the Robinsons that is now Walmart.

And the gridlock at rush hour is UNBEARABLE! Don't get caught at the corner of Van Nuys and Roscoe between 5pm and 6pm. So many people live in apartments in the area (East of Van Nuys, North of Roscoe) that it's very congested.


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What happened next is ...dicey. The districts were re-gerrymandered away from the councilpeople that were helping the forward motion here. It became very clear that, with the exception of clean-up immediately around the Valley City Hall wherein councilpeople would have to actually traverse, the surrounding area was meant to be a dumping ground so that tonier neighborhoods wouldn't have to suffer dog pounds, parole offices, block-wide swap meets and outdoor, stadium-amplification noise festival events that punish all taxpaying home-owning residents nearby.
I lived in the area when they quietly brought in a parole office. It was near Victory and Hazeltine. They tried that crap in Sherman Oaks and got slapped down by the Home owners.

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There is a twelve story office building on Van Nuys near Sherman Way that was damaged in the '94 earthquake that could have been repaired to house pricey offices with an uninterrupted view of the Valley, which could have goosed badly needed tax bases here very nicely. Instead, the city wants to put "projects" housing there.
Convert the buiding to apartments or demolish and build? Note, the last of the businesses abandoned that office building at the corner of Roscoe and Van Nuys (6 story white building on South east corner) when bullet holes appeared in the walls. I can't imagine upscale companies moving to that area.

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I am holding out hopes for the Victory Blvd. development near Fulton wherein the owner actually claimed that he decried the lack of basic middle class amenities for our area, such as actual restaurant variety, and was actively pursuing same for this spot.
What's going on at that site? I crane my neck to see over the fence when I drive by but I see nothing. Seems like it's been in construction for a long time.
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Old 09-12-2008, 11:14 PM
 
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They want to clear the Panorama Mall area, including the shopping center across the street and along Vesper and make it the largest mall in the west. They're speculation is that the developers are wanting to go all the way down to Lanark st., as well, to make this GIGANTIC Mall. I think they have a name picked out! I'll do more snooping.
We all waited on pins and needs for the last new Valley mall... and we got THE PLANT. It' was a major let down. Home depot, a movie theater, babies R Us. and a few other stores. That's it. They are not going to build another Grove in that area. Ain't happening.
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