Los Angeles officials say they’re going to spend more than $20 million to demolish a bungalowed structure on a beach in the city’s Eastside that some residents say could be home to a child.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Steve Antonovich told KPCC he wants to see the structure torn down to make way for a new housing development.
He’s also seeking to change a zoning ordinance to allow for a housing project that would include a large residential and retail complex.
The proposal to demolise the bungalowing is part of a larger effort by Antonovich to fight for the preservation of historic homes in the Los Angeles basin, which includes Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Antonovich told KABC that the building is a historical landmark and is worth millions of dollars.
The building was built in 1868 and sits on the site of a former military post that was used as a prison for escaped prisoners.
The proposed development would include apartments, retail, office space, restaurants and other facilities for housing, according to Antonovich’s proposal.
He told KPBS that he plans to fight to preserve the property in order to make it a model for future developments.
Antonsio has also proposed several other projects that have been stalled or delayed.
He told KPTV that he is now considering putting up a large sign outside the bunglary to help residents navigate the neighborhood.