WeHo Residents Angry Over Construction Plans At Plummer Park

WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — In an effort to save a historical family field, a group of West Hollywood residents have planned a peaceful protest Sunday.

Rita Garcia, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, spoke with protest organizers Cathy Blaivis and Stephanie Harker, who say they’re upset about plans to remove two buildings and several trees at Plummer Park for a parking garage along North Vista Street.

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“It’s $41.3 million estimate for their calculations. We feel like in this economic time that that’s a little out of line when there’s people starving on the streets and sleeping in the park when they have to,” Harker said.

The plan will require the removal of several 125-year-old trees, according to Blavis, who also said two historical buildings will be demolished and a third will be given an ultra-modern facelift.

“We’d love to see the Great Hall/Long Hall re-purposed, maybe even into the new preschool. We’d love the facade for Fiesta Hall to fit in with the neighborhood and we just would like them to have a little bit more care and concern for the overall look and the overall care for the park and the people who use it,” Blavis said.

Construction is set for 2012.

  • Sean

    Despite the press and hysterics of the protesters to the improvements at Plummer Park, many residents have been aware of the planned changes for years and are looking forward to the changes. More green space and more parking will be greatly appreciated by some of us who regularly use the park. An updated Fiesta Hall will greatly serve the east side of West Hollywood, and more than make up for the loss of the decrepit Great Hall. These changes have been years in the making and it is appalling that a small group of uninformed protesters can bring their equally uninformed and egregiously late concerns to a process eagerly awaited by many West Hollywood residents.

  • Felice

    My husband goes to Plummer Park almost every day. He is an elderly, retired writer who enjoys the vibrant mix of ehnicities and ages, the peace and serenity in a park that works for the people who use it. What he hasn’t seen or heard there are the supposed citizens who are looking forward to the destruction of 100 year old trees, charming old buildings, and places to sit,read, and play chess. Maybe he doesn’t know enough people is the construction business .

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