Clean and secure your tagged high-rise or we’ll do it for you, LA suggests telling owner

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Clean and secure your tagged high-rise or we’ll do it for you, LA suggests telling owner

LA Politics, Homepage News

Caroline Petrow-Cohen

February 8, 2024

After six trespassing arrests were made in less than a week in connection with a heavily marked, unfinished skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles,

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The municipal council is considering instructing the owners of the site to clean the site.

Councilman Kevin de Len introduced a motion on February 2 that would direct the Department of Building and Safety, the Bureau of Street Services and the Bureau of Engineering to order the owners of Oceanwide Plaza to secure the property and remove debris from the public right-of-way to delete. The council will vote on the proposal on Friday.

“Our residents and businesses deserve safe and vibrant neighborhoods, which is why I have taken action to ensure the Oceanwide site is cleaned and made safe, De Len.

If the owners do not comply by Feb. 17, the city will begin its own cleanup process, the motion said. Currently, there is scaffolding, plastic barriers and other debris on the sidewalks and bus lane next to the building.

The Ministry of Construction and Safety issued an order to the property’s owners on January 31 asking them to remove all graffiti and debris and securely fence the building.

Oceanwide Plaza was to be a mixed-use development including luxury apartments and hotel and retail space, but construction was halted in 2019 when the Beijing-based developers ran out of money.

The unfinished high-rise has attracted many taggers and graffiti artists in recent weeks, who have collectively tagged at least 27 floors of the building. The Lens Movement described the development as a blight on downtown Los Angeles and a black eye on an otherwise vibrant part of DTLA.

The development faces the Arena, which hosted the Grammys last weekend, and is close to the popular LA Live complex among shops and restaurants. De Len represents Council District 14, which includes downtown Los Angeles.

The De Lens motion directs the owners of Oceanwide Plaza to restore the public right-of-way to its original condition, and directs several city organizations to intervene if the job is not completed within the deadline. The motion also asks the city manager to identify himself

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funding for site clean-up and security.

The building attracts criminal activity and has become a danger to local residents and businesses, the motion said. Los Angeles Police Department officers are also investigating a report of shots fired near the project last week.


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