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Wright House In Brentwood

A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Brentwood is on the auction blocks.  The home, called The Sturges Residence after its original owner, is located at 449 Skyewiay Rd and is aimed to fetch north of $2.5 million.  Already designated as a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument, this is just over 1,100 square feet was owned most recently by Jack Larson, TV’s Jimmy Olsen on the first incarnation of Superman.  Larson died in 2015.

The home is similar in design theme to Wright’s “Fallingwater” in Pennsylvania.  It will go up for auction in late February.

School Expansion Still A Concern Archer School Faces A New Fight

Things are still not settled at Sunset and Barrington.  The Archer School For Girls faces a new group opposing its plan to expand its facilities and operations.

The Sunset Coalition, formed by school neighbor David Wright, has filed a lawsuit meant to impede the construction of new buildings on the existing campus and two adjacent properties, until more environmental impact information is provided.

In August, the Los Angeles City Council, with encouragement from area councilman Mike Bonin, approved the School’s revised plan for expansion of its Brentwood campus.  The Brentwood Homeowners Association (BHA) spent several years trying to get the School to substantially reduce the plan, but ultimately had to settle for a restrictive covenant when the City seemed intent on approval of the larger project.

The Archer School came to Brentwood in 1998 and has since operated under a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) granted by the City.  The CUP provides institutions and businesses permission to operate on a site, under a specific set of rules and guidelines.  The School ultimately felt the restrictions were limiting its capacity to accommodate its students and compete with other schools, in a more modern and progressive educational environment.

Councilman Bonin believes the restrictions reached in the covenant with the BHA will potentially improve peak hour traffic flow.  The BHA feels they reached the best settlement possible, considering any City-issued CUP would have been much more lenient, and was likely to be granted regardless of neighbor opposition.

Brentwood School has been hit with a bit of collateral damage from this three year fray.  The School had been discussing since 2008 a long-term plan with its neighbors on Woodburn and the BHA.  The neighbors came to an agreement with the Brentwood School in 2013, and the BHA tacked on some additional traffic restrictions on top of that.  It all came together in a covenant between Brentwood School, the neighbors and the BHA this past summer.  The Brentwood School was formed in 1972 and had been operating on a 20-year covenant which had expired.  The new agreement lasts for 30-years and covers construction and operations.

It remains to be seen how all of this will play out, but sign up for our email alerts for information as it develops.

Master Plan For VA Report Is Due In October

After several public listening sessions and a lot of private input from Federal and State officials, the Master Plan will be presented to the public.  The mission, from newly appointed secretary Robert McDonald and from a court settlement between the VA and the ACLU, is to make the West LA campus “veteran-centric,” meaning all land must be available for use by the veteran community.

In 1888, even before the establishment of the Veterans Administration, the formerly private land was donated to the federal government for the specific use by war veterans.  With a deteriorated focus and commitment to veterans, a group sued the VA with the help of the ACLU and a judge ordered a reexamination and/or evacuation of all leaseholders.

The land is now used by several entities under lease from the VA.  They include

  • Parks used by the neighborhood under the management of LA Parks and Recreation;
  • Brentwood School football and baseball fields;
  • UCLA baseball stadium
  • The Brentwood Village public parking lot.

Those uses are all in jeopardy until the Master Plan is established and it can be determined if those uses can benefit veterans.  Brentwood School has programs in place for veterans to use the athletic facilities, and is looking to expand their relationship.

A small group of veterans objects to any government input into the Plan and wants total control over the space, to be run by veteran’s groups.