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Updated 11/1/17

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR A

PUBLIC MEETING
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 – 10AM TO NOON AT:

117 BIMINI PLACE – LOBBY – LOS ANGELES 90004

On Contaminants and Proposed Remediation 

Concerning the property at
3554 and 3560 West First Street
Previously known as Song’s Auto Shop
and the Teriyaki House

This meeting is a component of a proposal being prepared for a US-EPA grant by the nonprofit property owner, CRSP.

A copy of the US-EPA’s “Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA)” and the plan for remediation of contaminants can be viewed on-line here   Or at:   117 Bimini Place, Lobby      Los Angeles 90004

A copy of the draft proposal will be available at the November 11th meeting or on-line at this website by November 10, 2017. Your comments will be incorporated into the final proposal and must be received by November 14, 2017

Public comments can be mailed to:
CRSP     117 Bimini Pl, #221     Los Angeles CA 90004
Or sent via email to:   crsp@igc.org
Or given in person at the November 11th meeting

A Plan for redeveloping the property includes car-free co-op oriented mixed uses, including an environmentally sensitive hostel, small green businesses which are owned by neighbors and employ neighbors within the Los Angeles Eco-Village on Bimini and White House Place or within easy walking distance.

CRSP also intends to use this brownfield as an opportunity to educate and train other neighborhood groups on use of radically less costly remediation methods utilizing phytotechnologies.

See additional information or keep updated at www.laev.org/home/news/
or contact crsp@igc.org
or call 213/738-1254

 

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Updated 10/23/17:

Songs Corner (working name for our new property at the corner of Bimini Place and West First Street)

Hard to believe CRSP has owned this property for over one year now.  Here’s where we’re at and a little about our new direction, which has changed substantially over the past six months:

–  The US-EPA has completed both a Phase II Targeted Brownfield* Assessment and an Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives or ABCA.

–  The results of the above reports indicated that the remediation of contaminants in the buildings and the soil required to do permanent housing and/or any regular children’s activities–e.g., a childcare service or center–would require a much longer period of clean-up and be much more costly.

– In view of the above, the CRSP board has determined that the clean-up to commercial/industrial standards rather than to permanent housing standards, would permit us to do an eco-hostel-co-op for very low to moderate income people, with mixed commercial uses for small green co-op oriented businesses employing neighborhood residents.

– Questa Gleason is working with Lois and an exciting team of eight more people (stay tuned to learn who they are)  to prepare a grant proposal to the US-EPA for approximately $175,000 for the remediation process which will include the removal of lead, asbestos, and PCBs inside the buildings, and the rendering harmless of soil contaminants harmful to human health by capping, removal and/or phytoremediation.

– Meantime, a four person team at the international sustainability oriented BuroHappold Engineering firm received an internal Foundation grant to provide engineering services to the project.  The team, led by Gideon Susman includes structural engineer Patti Harburg-Petrich, along with Kathleen Hetrick and Lucas Leiberman.  They are working with CRSP Board President, LAEV co-founder and Tierra Sol y Mar principal architect Ian McIlvaine to move forward on the mixed use eco-hostel car-free co-op incorporating a variety of eco technologies.  Stay tuned on this exciting part.


Updated 10/19/17:

LAEV Founder Lois Arkin was honored to be invited to be among 9 jurors for the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2017 Sustainable Innovations Awards.  These awards will be presented at the USGBC’s annual Gala on November 30, 2017: https://usgbc-la.org/event-details/2452461/


 

Updated 4/22/2017
UPDATE ON OUR NEW PROPERTY ACQUISITION ON THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF THE LAEV NEIGHBORHOOD AT BIMINI PL. & WEST FIRST ST.

–  Two wonderful new friends, Jason and Taylor Williams, have brought their phenomenal knowledge and energy to help clear out the auto repair shop.  They have made it possible to recycle approximately three tons of scrap metal, a ton of plastic, and the potential sale of valuable items such as tire changer, air compressor, and auto lifts.   updated 4/22/17

Jason and Taylor

– Jason is a disabled vet and will be relocating the RV which was left on the property. He, Taylor and their service dog, Lady, plan to live in the RV. They want to demonstrate “living tiny!” if they can find property to

Jason & Taylor’s RV

relocate the RV to. Note that Jason is a fabulous handy person, speaks 3 different languages, was a truck mechanic in the service, and is knowledgeable on a broad range of topics. IF YOU HAVE A PLACE FOR THIS SERVICE ORIENTED COUPLE AND THEIR RV ON YOUR PROPERTY, please contact me ASAP: Lois crsp@igc.org or 213-738-1254

– The US-EPA contractor has completed on-site core drilling and air tests on the old auto repair shop.  We expect the completed report sometime in June 2017.


updated 4/22/17

Lois and Mayor Garcetti

LOIS MEETS WITH MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI to talk about some issues near and dear to her heart. Go here to see what they discussed.

ECO-VILLAGER JESSICA RUVALCABA MAKES THE SWEETEST VIDEO
Check it out here: https://vimeo.com/213948897

 


updated 4/22/17

LA ECO-VILLAGE CHILDCARE SERVICE LAUNCHES NEW TOY LENDING LIBRARY   Check it out here

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Updated 10/16/16
GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN TO REPLACE
STOLEN BIKES AT L.A. ECO-VILLAGE
Our community has recently been targeted by a slew of bicycle thefts. The thieves snuck onto our property over the past two weeks and stole three bikes out of our main building. Those bikes belonged to Jessica, Randy and Sandy. We strive to live less impactful lifestyles at the Eco-Village and many of us rely far more heavily on bicycle and public transport to get around LA. The loss of these bicycles has greatly impacted these community members for various reasons: Randy does not have access to a car and the extra money he now needs to spend on public transport is putting a strain on his monthly budget. Jess planned on doing a big tour with her surly, had her engagement photos done with this bike and planned on sharing her joy of riding with her son Eli in the next two months. Sandy’s electric allowed her to rely on her car far less.

As friends, family and community members we are asking for your support in helping raise the funds that will allow Jess, Sandy and Randy to get back on the road. The money we raise is going towards a Surly Long Haul trucker for Jess, a Cycle cross bike for Randy and replacement commuter for Sandy. Our goal is to raise the money no later than November 5, to get them back on the road.

Thanks in advance for helping our community out, we’re grateful for your involvement as will Jess, Randy and Sandy be.

Yours truly L.A. Eco-Village Intentional Community Members: Devon, Becca and Aurisha

Help spread the word!
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Updated 10/16/16:
 L.A. ECO-VILLAGE FAMILY CHILDCARE SERVICE NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
LAEV Childcare

The LAEV FCC Service is now open for business, especially for nearby children that don’t have to be driven over.  See more info here.

 

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Updated 10/7/16:

NEW DEVELOPMENT PLANNED FOR L.A. ECO-VILLAGE

Conceptual rendering by Joe Linton

Conceptual rendering by Joe Linton

Yipee!  CRSP closed escrow today (10/7/16) on the north corner of the L.A. Eco-Village neighborhood.  We are now the proud owner of Mr. Song’s Auto Repair shop and the adjacent historic Teriyaki House café.  This quarter acre property was acquired with the help of 20 friends of the L.A. Eco-Village who made loans to our CRSP Ecological Revolving Loan Fund (ELF) .  We are still accepting loans for those who want to be in the Founders Lending Circle which will receive some special  privileges over the next few years.  Go here for more info.  To get an idea of what we are planning for the property, take a look here.

Mr. Song's auto repair shop on the southwest corner of Bimini Place and West First Street

Mr. Song’s auto repair shop on the southwest corner of Bimini Place and West First Street

 

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Updated 9/26/16:

Yay!  We’re almost there to begin our vision of car-free permanently affordable cohousing in L.A. Eco-Village.  Escrow closing is scheduled for October 7, 2016 on the quarter acre corner auto shop adjacent to our big building.  There is still time to become one of our founding lenders.  We’re offering 1.5% on loans of $5,000 or more.  We have over $1 million committed.  Just a little more will do it.  See Prospectus here.

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Updated August 2016

EXCITING NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES ECO-VILLAGE
Learn more about how you can be part of L.A. History by getting involved with our new acquisition.  More info here
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Updated July 2016

LOS ANGELES ECOVILLAGE IS GROWING WITH A NEW PROPERTY ACQUISITION IN THE WORKS
Thousands of you who have been on LAEV tours over the past few decades know that our vision has never stopped at creating permanently affordable housing, an ecological revolving loan fund to acquire it, a limited equity housing co-op, a community land trust, small green businesses, or helping others get started like the Bike Kitchen, Relampago Wheelery, Cafecito Organico, the Arroyo Seco Network of TimeBanks, the LAEV Childcare Service and more.

And now, YES!, CRSP is in escrow on the auto repair shop and small café on the north end of the LAEV neighborhood at Bimini Place and 1st Street. We have an exciting vision rapidly turning into a plan. Contact Lois if you would like to learn more and how you can be involved: crsp@igc.org or 213/738-1254.


Updated July 2016
COOL ‘OUT-OF-PLACE RETREAT FOR URBAN SOIL- TIRRA URBANA
It was a fun day of story telling in the special outdoor reserved section of Pan Pacific Park for 30 members and visitors of our Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Co-op.   Sharing our 20 year anniversary since acquiring our first of three buildings–the big one on Bimini Place–brought out a full range of emotions for the many of us who have been here for most or all of those 20 years.  And a bit of awe for some folks currently in our membership process who  were feeling somewhat intimidated and honored to be among those who had struggled for so many years and were here to tell their stories.    Our real estate broker, Meredith McKenzie, started us off with the complex process it was to acquire that first building, and it was a lesson for all of us in the complexities of real estate transactions and perseverance.
Sandi Romero of Mama’s Hot Tamales provided her great veggie tamales for lunch complemented by salads, drinks, cakes and fruit by contributing community members.

Special thanks to Bruce Dobb for discovering the “Out-of-Place” park site and making sure we kept getting together to plan the retreat, and to all the Villagers who chipped in to coordinate, create our agenda,  schlep stuff by bike, car and bus, and ensure that we were well fed and had a good time: Lara Morrison, Michelle Wong, Sandy & John Maliga, Yuki Kidokoro, Claire Bergen, Dani Knoll, Randy Metz,  Leslie Ezeh,  AnaPaula Noguez Mercado.

In addition to our stories, we also reviewed the Co-op Principles and how they apply to our co-ops in L.A. Eco-Village.  These are guidelines for co-ops worldwide.  You can see them here.
Here is Lara’s introduction to our day of sharing:

After more than 20 years, the LA Eco-Village is still a work in progress.  When you become a member you are volunteering to continue the creation of our on-going story.  We hope hearing multiple voices tell stories from the last twenty years will help us understand what has happened better and see how to move things forward without needing to reinvent the wheel.

Because of events in 1992, a group of people set the intention of retrofitting Bimini Place and White House Place to be ecologically, socially and economically sustainable.  There was a recognition that for this effort to be long lasting, the community would need to acquire properties, learn from other intentional communities, create legal structures and become proficient in self-governance.  It has taken longer to get these pieces in place than any of us imagined it would.  The exciting part is now we can see that what has been accomplished sets the stage for many new initiatives and more rapid change.

Thank you to the narrators listed below, who told heartfelt stories, and may we have time in the future to hear stories from more of us.

Meredith (who helped CRSP acquire all of the LAEV buildings), Lois, Lara, Randy, Jimmy, Yuki, Julio,
Michelle, Somerset, Adonia, Becca, Leslie


Updated June 2016

WAZ NEW AT L.A. ECO-VILLAGE

Comings and Goings

A fond farewell to four year resident LAEV resident family  Laura Allen, Peter Ralph and Arlo

who have relocated to Eugene OR where Laura will continue her Greywater Action work and Peter his teaching work as an evolutionary biologist at Uof O, and Arlo entering elementary school.

And a special send-off to Dale Kreutzer who has kept us laughing and crying for nearly 20 years as he went about working miracles to retrofit our near slum-like buildings into habitable and, often artistic, living spaces.  Many will miss him.  We wish him much good luck and happiness in his more rural endeavors.

Many, also, will miss the laughter and art and crafts work of Melba Thorn who has been looking after family matters when she, herself became ill.  Speedy recovery wishes to her.

And a warm welcome to new Villager families:  Jessica Ruvalcaba, and husband Devon Fitzgerald and new son Eli; Autumn Rooney, founder of the Arroyo Seco Network of TimeBanks and her new son Nelson, and returning member Adonia Lugo with husband Ben O’Donnell.

June 2016
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New Neighborhood Childcare Service at LA ECO-VILLAGE
We have a new nonprofit child care program launching in August 2016.  If you live nearby with children from ages 6 months to 12 years old, you’re welcome to join the waiting list of LAEV Family Child Care (LAEV-FCC).  It’s a new project of CRSP, located in the Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana housing co-op building at 117 Bimini Place. Democratically managed and being organized as a worker-cooperative by local care givers, a few of whom are members of the  LAEV Intentional Community and live in the USTU housing co-op.  Make a date to come check it out.  More info here

June 2016

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Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance Cool Blocks Pilot Program
Ten LA Eco-Village neighbors on White House and Bimini Place are participating in this 4-1/2 month pilot program in conjunction with the Cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palo Alto and under the mentorship of the Empowerment Institute to determine how much we can reduce our carbon emissions, build and deepen neighborhood connections for greater resiliency, more  inter-dependence in case of emergency, and a higher quality of life.
June 2016

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Contact Information

117 Bimini Place #221
Los Angeles CA 90004
crsp@igc.org