Local leaders are looking to re-plant their ideas for a citywide community garden program, starting with an empty lot on Detroit Street and Lexington. The barren plot of land, known officially as the “Detroit Street Community Garden,” has lain dormant since at least 2017, when a four-story, ten-unit townhouse condominium building was approved to be built on the property.
The city has leased vacant lots for the community garden program in the past, reimbursing owners for property taxes.
If approved, the item on Monday’s upcoming City Council meeting — sponsored by Councilmembers Lauren Meister and John Erickson — would direct city staff to temporarily re-establish the Detroit Ave. garden and look for alternative garden sites, including a possible permanent space within Plummer Park.
The community garden program in West Hollywood has been in place since 1985. Gardens once stood at 417 Norwich Drive, 1351 Havenhurst Drive and 1257 Detroit St.
The last time the city tried to revive the program was in 2017.