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Plummer Park Denied Renovation Funds

The city will appeal the state's decision to deny Plummer Park redevelopment funds that would have been used to renovate the historic park.

The State of California has recently denied the City of West Hollywood the option of using redevelopment money for a planned $41 million renovation at historic Plummer Park.

The city was alerted on Oct. 15 that they would be unable to allocate redevelopment funds to the park project, and city officials said Thursday that they plan to appeal the state's decision at a Thursday meeting with the state Department of Finance.

At Thursday's meeting, the City of West Hollywood will have the opportunity to present new information and dispute the decision, and the state will make its final call after the meeting. 

The city will argue that bonds have already been issued to help finance the $41 million renovation.

In its original plans, the city planned to use $14 million in redevelopment money for the project, to go along with $27 million in bond money, and the city took out a $30 million bond for the project in March of 2011.

However, in June of 2011, cities were required to do away with redevelopment agencies, relinquishing all funds to the state to help solve the budget crisis. At that point, the renovations to Plummer Park began to hang in the balance.

The final decision on whether the project can move forward will come after Thursday's meeting, which will be held at 9 a.m. 

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Rudolf Martin November 12, 2012 at 09:06 PM
what is the condition of the bond money? Plummer Park 'redevelopment' or East Side development? or no condition at all? either way it cost us $3 million just to sell those bonds. those $3 million we'll never see again, no matter what happens. oops!
me November 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM
that park needs help here and there but 41 million dollars is absurd any way you cut it!!!!!.....more BS brought to you by the weho city council!!!!!!!
George November 13, 2012 at 02:29 AM
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George November 13, 2012 at 02:44 AM
GOOD news!!!! Glad the governor is keeping an eye on West Hollywood city hall. No more wasteful spending all while California can barely pay it's bills. Leave the park alone!!!!! It's fine to improve upon what is already there but no parking structure!!!! The kids need a nice, safe place to play without all kinds of construction going on.
hillsman wright November 13, 2012 at 04:12 PM
The tone deaf WeHo City Hall in action. The $41 million revamp is atrocious. Folks who use the park regularly have made their displeasure known. Yet, rather than engage the community in coming up with a more reasonable and less costly set of improvements to the park, our city blunders blindly forward with an appeal. Clearly, it is past time to re-boot. Use the $14 million in hand. That amount should be more than sufficient to freshen up the park without killing it.
Brian Hamilton November 13, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I agree, wholeheartedly. The residents of the city have already spoken out loudly and clearly! We don't want our historic park torn up, destroying beautiful trees and structures. Carefully planned renovations and minor improvements are what is needed.
Ali November 14, 2012 at 01:58 AM
But, but, but Heilman hasn't put his name on anything on the Eastside yet. LOL. I think that is what this whole thing was about. They know we don't want what they planned but they don't care about that. The arrogance of an appeal is astounding.
George November 14, 2012 at 04:46 AM
I bet if Brown had been governor before the funding for the new library was given the green light it would have been fought also. That was a fiasco! It's nice and I like it but it had a lot detractors regarding the need for a library that size when Beverly Hills and Hollywood has large libraries a short distance away.

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