Craig Fiegener

Former LAPD HQ to be Turned into Office Tower for LA City Workers

September 05, 2018 - 7:59 am

(KNX 1070) - A so-called funeral will be held Wednesday night for the Parker Center, the LAPD's former headquarters.

Housing and homeless advocates will also hold a candlelight march. Advocates wanted to convert Parker Center into homeless housing.

Their petition to stop the building's demolition was denied last month. It will be replaced by an office tower for city workers.

KNX reporter Craig Fiegener:

Two Los Angeles based groups filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to halt demolition of the Parker Center in Downtown LA.  The Mayor and City of LA are being sued over a building that was once home to the LAPD.  Activists are going to court — they want it to become a massive homeless shelter.

The group also wanted to prevent the building of a new luxury office tower for city workers. The group said the estimated cost of the project is too high --at $900 million -- and it's a "waste of public money."

They say the former LAPD headquarters should be rehabbed and be used for housing the homeless.

KNX reached out to the Mayor’s office for comment.  They sent an email that says: "The Parker Center is seismically unsafe and contaminated with asbestos.The city is focused on investing in new shelters and housing for homeless Angelenos that can be constructed quickly, cost-efficiently, and that will help our low-income and homeless neighbors without threatening their health."

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