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1,800 Parcels Up for Grabs: What to Do with L.A.’s Surplus Properties

The office of Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin recently made available a searchable database of more than 1,800 city-owned parcels. This database enables the public to determine what value, if any, can be extracted from its existing assets. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority owns another 2,700 parcels, a handful of which are marketed as joint development opportunities. Among its school campuses, LAUSD has hundreds of acres of underutilized or vacant land, according to some estimates, but little is known about their location or availability.

One of the biggest drivers of development costs in Southern California is land. Leveraging public land ownership to build more affordable housing seems a logical solution, but the hurdles are many. Many surplus properties are considered unsuitable for residential (or any other form of) development due to their dimensions, access constraints, or undesirable location. What will it take to unlock the development potential of these properties for the public good? Can developers and architects make use of odd-sized lots? Or are the constraints ultimately regulatory and/or political?

Join WUF to learn more about the city’s effort to market development sites, and hear perspectives from affordable housing developers and architectural design experts on the potential for innovative housing prototypes to transform available sites into viable development opportunities.

The event will be located at Helms Design Center, 8745 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA  90232. Complimentary parking lots at the Helms Bakery entrance on the south side of Venice Boulevard at Helms Avenue (in front of Rejuvenation and across from Father’s Office). There is also street parking and a complimentary parking lot just next to the entrance to the Helms Design Center at 8745 Washington Boulevard.

Registration begins at 7:15am, followed by a 7:30 breakfast and a panel discussion at 7:45. Registration fees are $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers, $10 for student members, and $15 for student nonmembers

Pre-registration closes on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  After January 17, 2018 and at onsite registration the cost will be an additional $10.00. No refunds or credits will be provided after this date.

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