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Councilwoman Perry Wants Cash For Former Urban Farm

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Actress Darryl Hannah waves as she is removed from a tree in a community farm by fire fighters in South Central Los Angeles 13 June 2006. Hannah and dozens of other protestors were arrested as sheriff's deputies evicted farmers and supporters from the urban "South Central Farm," enforcing a court order obtained by the owner, who wants to develop or sell the 14-acre property in the middle of an industrial section of Los Angeles. (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Actress Darryl Hannah waves as she is removed from a tree in a community farm by fire fighters in South Central Los Angeles 13 June 2006. Hannah and dozens of other protestors were arrested as sheriff’s deputies evicted farmers and supporters from the urban “South Central Farm,” enforcing a court order obtained by the owner, who wants to develop or sell the 14-acre property in the middle of an industrial section of Los Angeles. (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles councilwoman wants to give up the right to build a park on the former site of a controversial community farm south of downtown and take a cash payout to spend at existing parks instead.

Councilwoman Jan Perry says in a letter this month to the city agency that agreed to a deal to sell the 14-acre property eight years ago that it’s not a practical location to build a new park and the money could be better spent at nearby facilities.

She wants commissioners to let the land’s owner pay the city an estimated $3.6 million dollars instead of setting the property aside for a park.

The garden formerly at the site was bulldozed five years ago amid protests from Darryl Hannah, Joan Baez and other celebrities.

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