EDITOR’S NOTE: On April 8 the City of West Hollywood officially announced that it has signed the lease-purchase agreement referenced below for the property at 621 N. Robertson Blvd.
The City of West Hollywood now has leased the Lions Club Log Cabin at 621 N. Robertson Blvd., bringing to an end a controversy over a plan by the City of Beverly Hills to demolish the building, which has been the site of meetings of addiction recovery groups since 1948.
The Beverly Hills City Council this week approved a “lease to purchase” agreement under which the City of West Hollywood would buy the Lions Club Log Cabin property and the adjacent parking lot from Beverly Hills for $5.75 million. The West Hollywood City Council already has agreed to turn over management of the Log Cabin to the West Hollywood Recovery Center, a non-profit group that manages the recovery center in the Werle Building at 626 Robertson Blvd., directly across from the Log Cabin.
The decision officially ends the West Hollywood Lions Club’s control of the Log Cabin. Its lease of the property officially expired on July 1, 1977, but it continued to operate until this week. A recent audit by Beverly Hills of its land holdings revealed that the Lions Club had not paid its $1 a year rent for 42 years and that parts of the building needed to be upgraded.
The West Hollywood Lion’s Club had argued that it should be allowed to continue managing the building, However the Recovery Center and City Councilmember John Duran pushed to have the Recovery Center designated as the Log Cabin manager.
Gyula Kangiszer, president of the West Hollywood Lions Club, had said it was committed to upgrading the building, which it had delayed since the City of Beverly Hills issued the eviction notice on Jan. 20 while it waited for resolution of the matter..
In a post on the West Hollywood Lion’s Club’s Facebook page, Kangiszer said: “It is unbelievable that the Beverly Hills City Council approved to lease/sell the Log Cabin without a transparent public procurement process to the City of West Hollywood for $5,750,000 while the West Hollywood Lions Club offered $8,000,000.
“Even more concerning that the agreement includes additional financial incentives in case the building is redeveloped. The West Hollywood Lions Club offered to preserve the building. I’m heartbroken as the West Hollywood Lions Club owned and managed the Log Cabin for the past 83 years in the service of the community.”