From the LA Daily News:
“Study leads to preservation zone
By Rick Orlov, Staff Writer
LA Daily News
A landmark Van Nuys neighborhood known for its unique homes has become the first area in the San Fernando Valley to receive protection against new development.
The Los Angeles City Council, after years of study, agreed this week to create a Historic Overlay Protection Zone for the area around the Van Nuys Civic Center.
“We’ve been trying to get this through from before I came on council,” Councilman Tony Cardenas, who took over the effort started by former Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, said Friday.
“This is a special neighborhood and it will give residents the protections they want and also preserve an area that is important to the city.”
With the designation, a board will be created to oversee renovations, tear-downs and replacements of any of the homes, which include a mixture of bungalows, Craftsman and other styles.
Residents are protective of their neighborhood and want to see it remain as it was developed nearly 80 years ago.
Cardenas said there were only a handful of residents concerned about the impact such a designation would have on their ability to sell their homes in the future.
“We know there are some people with questions and who are upset and we hope to show them they don’t have to worry about it,” said Cardenas, whose district encompasses the proposed historic zone and who used to sell real estate in Van Nuys.
Jamie Cordaro, president of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council, said his group supported the designation.
“As you go through some of these neighborhoods, you begin to appreciate the care people have for the homes and it would be a shame to see these neighborhoods torn down to make room for two- and three-story mansions,” Cordaro said.
“This gives a sense of history to how the city developed and it’s important to send a message we care about our neighborhoods.”
The official designation could pave the way for similar efforts in several other areas of the Valley that have expressed interest in having similar zones, including the Balboa Highlands in Granada Hills and Stonehurst in Shadow Hills.”
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