By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010
The Hollywood Neighborhood Association, with the assistance of architect George Crandall, is looking at the feasibility of creating an urban park in the neighborhood, and possible locations for one. The project was initiated by the association’s sustainability chair, Elizabeth Winnen.
At a kickoff meeting for the project, Crandall said that such a space is crucial to the success of Hollywood as a designated Town Center, that without it it is like “a house without a living room.” Specifically, without such a gathering space there is little to draw people to Hollywood, and surrounding residential neighborhoods, together except the Farmer’s Market. Steve Lasky of the Farmer’s Market board noted that their current location, on Northeast Hancock Street between 44th and 45th avenues, and utilizing half of the Grocery Outlet parking lot, is not a permanent home that they can count on using indefinitely. Crandall went on to identify seven potential sites for such a market, all now large parking lots or under-utilized space.
Crandall and the association will have three more public events, all starting at 7 p.m. at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 N.E. 40th Ave. On June 10 they will meet at the center, tour the potential sites, then return to the Laurelwood Brewery to discuss what they saw. On July 22 they will conduct a design charette, or planning session. On August 26 they will give a public presentation of their findings.