Cultural Heritage Commission Approves Monument Status for 800 Traction

Cultural Heritage Commissioners Gail Kennard (vice president), Richard Barron (president) and Barry Milofsky.

By J.K. YAMAMOTO, Rafu Shimpo

A packed hearing of the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission on Dec. 7 at City Hall had mixed results for the resident artists of 800 Traction Ave. and their supporters.

With the artists facing eviction, the 800 Traction Ave. Support Committee has opposed an application by the new owner, DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, for cultural-historic monument status, arguing that it will give the owner millions in tax breaks once the tenants are gone.

At issue at the meeting was a report done for DLJ by GPA Consulting, which, critics said, ignored contributions of Japanese American and other artists associated with the building to the development of the Arts District.

The five commissioners unanimously approved DLJ’s application but amended its findings to state that the century-old building “is identified with the development of the Arts District and [the]Artist-in-Residence [Ordinance], including Japanese Americans and other ethnic groups, in Los Angeles.”

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