By T.A Hendrickson
The commissioners of the Board of Recreation and Parks (RAP) approved the plan today to build 48 small, prefabricated shelter units for the homeless in the overflow parking lot of the Eagle Rock Recreation Center; the lot is located on N. Figueroa Street across from the park and between the on- and off-ramps of the 134 Freeway.
The vote to approve was unanimous among the four of five commissioners present at today’s RAP Board meeting.
The shelter site in Eagle Rock is the fifth such site approved by the Board on park property in Los Angeles in the past year and the second site approved in Council District 14 in Northeast Los Angeles. The other CD 14 site, in Highland Park, was approved by the RAP Board on April 15. The Highland Park site, which will consist of 115 pallet shelter units, will be located on an unused stretch of Arroyo Seco Drive within the borders of Hermon Park and next to the 110 Freeway.
Construction is expected to begin this summer with occupancy likely in the fall.
Update: The date for the Zoom town hall meeting on the pallet shelter site coming to Eagle Rock has been changed. The new date is Wednesday, July 14 at 6 p.m. (The original date and time was June 28 at 7 p.m..) Councilmember Kevin de León and a representative from Union Station Homeless Services, the organization that will administer the site, will attend the meeting to take questions and provide more information. (Union Station informed the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council committe on Homelessness of the date change on June 21, saying it needed more time.) You may register for the July 14 Eagle Rock town hall here.
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