Councilmember wants bridge housing on Los Feliz-Silver Lake border

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu is hoping to bring a bridge housing development to a section of Riverside Drive at the Silver Lake and Los Feliz border.

In a motion introduced Wednesday, Ryu said that the owner of the property at 3061 Riverside Drive expressed interest in leasing the site to the city for use as housing and services for homeless Angelenos.

The property owner is listed on public records as L and R Construction Inc., a company founded by brothers and native Angelenos Larry and Ralph Cimmarusti of Cimmarusti Holdings. (The Cimmarustis are also the owners of the Downtown-adjacent Burger King site on Grand and Cesar Chavez where plans for redevelopment have been kicking around for over a decade.)

The possible bridge housing site is currently in use as office space and associated parking.

“I’m encouraged to see property owners stepping up and getting involved,” Ryu said in a statement. “Homelessness is a crisis, and we need every available resource to bring hope and housing to our neighbors suffering on the street.”

If Ryu’s motion were approved, the city council would have the city’s Homeless Coordinator work with the county to identify a variety of funding sources for the project. The city would also move ahead with neighborhood outreach about the project.

The plan needs approval from committees and the full city council. The Bridge Home program was launched in April 2018. So far, 26 projects are either in the works or opened across the city, according to program’s website.

There are three sites listed in Ryu’s district, including one about a quarter mile away along Riverside Drive, on a city-owned lot near the William Mulholland Memorial Fountain.

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