Opinion: WeHo Should Purchase the Log Cabin Property from the City of Beverly Hills

The Lions Club log cabin at 621 N. Robertson Blvd.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The West Hollywood City Council will discuss purchasing the Log Cabin at 617-621 Robertson Blvd. during its closed session on Monday at 5:30 p.m., prior to the start of the City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Although the deliberations are closed and not televised, the public is allowed to make public comment at the start of the closed session.

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As it did in the allowed public comment period of the City Council’s closed session of January 21, 2020, the West Hollywood Preservation Alliance (WHPA) again urges the City of West Hollywood to purchase the two parcels of land at 617-621 North Robertson Boulevard. That purchase would help preserve the 2,000+ square-foot, historic Log Cabin building that has served the 12-step recovery community for many years.

Such a purchase would also enable the city to plan for future community uses – perhaps permanent affordable housing or transitional/bridge housing to address the critical issue of homelessness? – on the remaining nearly 13,000 square feet of land that surrounds the building and currently serves as surface parking.

Furthermore, the fact that the city’s 2016 commercial survey considered the Log Cabin property eligible for historic designation not only on the local level but also on the California Register and the National Register attests to the property’s architectural, social, and cultural significance. It’s that rare “trifecta” of designations that few buildings can achieve.

And we certainly believe that the City Council has the purview to initiate action to declare the Log Cabin as a local cultural resource.

It’s time to make a deal with the City of Beverly Hills and to purchase this precious land that comes with so much history and so much future potential use by the city and its residents.

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Wael
Wael
1 month ago

Historic designation on the state level AND the national level! I support this!

Vigilent
Vigilent
1 month ago

The fate of this log cabin and other potential and declared historic resources does not appear to be the primary interest of many professed preservationists. Rather than getting one’s ducks in a row it appears more likely that they appreciate public acclaim as cheerleaders rather than accomplishing the hard work and details often out of the limelight.

The public would likely be reassured about the concept of Historic Preservation if they could actually see evidence of a “Mission Accomplished” list rather than acclamations.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

I would ask what the parcel is zoned for. If there isn’t a majority saying “buy it” or if it will take forever to go through the process, one could make sure that the property was zoned in such a way that it would be a bad deal for other buyers, much like the old RR right-of-way in BH which is zoned for transportation and cannot be developed without a zoning change.

Roy Oldenkamp
Roy Oldenkamp
1 month ago

Now is the time to purchase the property from Beverly Hills and restore this unique gem in our midst. This is a great location for micro-housing as well, a much needed solution to the affordable housing deficit in our community.

Cathy
Cathy
1 month ago

I too am in full support of the suggestion by the West Hollywood Preservation Alliance, asking our City Council to purchase the Log Cabin. As well as nominating this potentially historic building for local cultural designation.

Thank you WHPA for your continued vigilance on behalf of the historic and potentially historic properties that remain in our city, and for shining a light on what many in the community just do not see or notice.

Kimberly C
Kimberly C
1 month ago

This purchase would be a wise one for West Hollywood-not only to preserve the existing historic structure, but to have the ability to start planning what the best use of the adjacent land would be for residents.

SuperVigilant
SuperVigilant
1 month ago

This is a great old structure evocative of old West Hollywood. I’m supportive this preservation is supported by the the Alliance and the City.

David
David
1 month ago

I mean, duh! How many log cabins are there on Robertson Boulevard?

Jay
Jay
1 month ago

I urge the West Hollywood City Council to pursue a purchase, as recommended by the West Hollywood Preservation Alliance. It will pay dividends in both the short and long term.

Gary Baumgarten
Gary Baumgarten
1 month ago

I believe years ago I attended AA meetings there.

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