Friday, February 10, 2012

Monte Sano: Trees Gone

Photo: Diane Edwardson, February 9, 2012.  I leave town for 2 weeks and trees are clear cut, everywhere.  I was shocked to cross the bridge on Glendale Blvd and see all the trees missing from Monte Sano. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Monte Sano was approved for 60 condos back before the City's Protected Native Tree Ordinance was signed into law in 2006.   Prior to that approval, the owner had already cut down the Coast Live Oak Trees on the former Monte Sano Hosital site, a charter member of the area's Legacy of Failed Development.  Another developer recently updated plans for the site. (Or, they're just cutting down trees to appear to be moving forward so they don't lose their entitlements while they look for another speculator to sell the turkey to.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, February 9, 2012.  From the opposite side of Glendale Blvd and Waverly, it's equally sad.  Since Monte Sano is in the coveted Ivanhoe School District, it may actually be developed this time.   Although they do appear to be taking advantage of the Glendale Blvd road closure for the LA River Supply Conduit Improvement Project (which now may last through April).