The Los Angeles City Council this morning voted 13-0 to give its final approval for an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone in the Miracle Mile neighborhood, and to approve boundaries recommended last week by its Planning and Land Use Management Committee. (Those boundaries restore to the protected area the blocks along Olympic Blvd., and between 8th Street and Wilshire Blvd., which had been removed from the proposed map by the City Planning Commission in December.)
Today’s vote concluded a nearly three-year effort by the Miracle Mile Residential Association to adopt the HPOZ.
The council’s vote came after about a dozen opponents of the HPOZ effort, who did not get the chance to speak at last week’s PLUM Committee hearing, were allowed to voice their objections.
Jim O’Sullivan, president of the MMRA, spoke for the “almost 1200” residents who have expressed their support, and City Council Member David Ruy also spoke in favor, noting that the Preservation Plan that will govern this HPOZ has been revised twice to address opponents’ concerns about things like second-story additions, drought-tolerant landscaping and paint colors…making it one of the most flexible of such plans in the city.
After today’s vote, Mark Zecca, the chair of the MMRA’s HPOZ’s committee expressed thanks for Mr. Ryu’s “beautiful speech of support.” He also said, “We are very happy for this win for a neighborhood that was in danger of great change. As far as my personal feeling, it has been a long two and half year journey of educating residents of the benefits of historical protection…We do this not just for ourselves but for generations to come who will hold dear that this very important part of Los Angeles was saved for them.”
[This story was updated to add Mr. Zecca’s remarks.]