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Curbed – Final Real Estate: Fancy, Absurd-Sounding Cemetery Planned For PCH in Malibu

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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[Cemetery plan via Malibu Times]

Developer and over-the-top-home-owner Richard Weintraub once had great dreams of building a 146-room hotel on a prime, 28-acre chunk of land along Pacific Coast Highway near Pepperdine University. Locals objected, as they often do in slow-growth Malibu, so now, says the LA Times, Weintraub’s proposing a new development that will generate way less traffic and noise: a 55,000-plot cemetery. It’s kind of like a hotel, except that “Guests check in, but they can’t check out,” as the delightfully morbid mayor of Malibu puts it.

The memorial park would be relatively minimalist, says Weintraub: “We’re not planning on having headstones or even ground markers, except for maybe small circles”; instead of reading gravestones, people will use GPS to find their loved ones. Weintraub is planning a 7,500-square-foot chapel and an underground parking garage and has spoken with artists Ed Ruscha and Chuck Arnoldi about ways to incorporate art and architecture into the memorial park. So if you think this is going to be some kind of lowkey, low-net-worth cemetery, you’re crazy. The cemetery will be divided up into classes: “lawn crypts,” “bench estates,” “terrace estates,” and “private family estates.”

Building a cemetery would require amendments to Malibu’s zoning code and the coastal program, which don’t mention anything about cemetery uses. “Most people would have never imagined that someone would build a cemetery in Malibu,” Malibu’s Planning director tells the Malibu Times. So far, the plan, still in its early stages, has failed to elicit the strong opposition that the hotel received, but there’s plenty of time for that.
· Developer hopes Malibu cemetery plan won’t rile slow-growth activists [LAT]
· Hotel Plan Killed, Cemetery Proposal Comes to Life [MT]
· Big Hotel Plans in the Works Near Pepperdine in Malibu [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Final Real Estate: Everyone Pissed About Lomita’s Voyeur-Happy Roof Funerals

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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Residents in a cemetery-adjacent condo complex in Lomita are up in arms over the neighboring memorial park’s new mausoleum—namely, that they’re burying people on top of it. The rooftop burial ground means that some residents’ homes now overlook mourners and funeral services, says the Daily Breeze. “We’re sitting there eating brunch on the weekends and we have people right outside our window crying their eyes out,” says one condo owner.

Families who hold services on top of the 10-month-old mausoleum are equally creeped out by their proximity to condo dwellers, especially because some residents are less than respectful. The memorial park is sending a cease-and-desist letter to the complex’s homeowners association, complaining that, on more than one occasion, condo occupants “disrupted funerals by banging on pots and pans, yelling profanities and setting off car alarms.”

The memorial park has always been there, but before the mausoleum was constructed, there was more distance between services and the residents of the complex. Now things have gotten so ugly that the condo complex’s angered residents have lawyered up and so has the memorial park. The issue’s going before the Rancho Palos Verdes Planning Commission in early August, but if the two sides can’t figure out some way to compromise, the commission might just put a 90-day moratorium on rooftop burials, though condo owners are gunning for a permanent stop to the services.
· Lomita condo residents object to new rooftop burial ground at Green Hills Memorial Park [DB]

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Curbed – Bel Air: The Final Frontier: Take a tour (guided by Spock…

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Leonard%20Nimoy%20Bel%20Air.pngTake a tour (guided by Spock himself!) through Leonard Nimoy‘s Spanish-Mediterranean house in Bel Air, which he was nervous about affording back in 1987: “I had just directed my third film, ‘Three Men and a Baby,’ and more directing opportunities were lining up. But deep down, I was apprehensive. Bel Air seemed a little over the top for me.” The decor is, of course, show-stopping: “Sitting on my desk is a small black box with a glass window. Inside is a pair of pointed ears. These are the ear tips I wore on final day of shooting for the TV show. I had them mounted.” [WSJ]

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Curbed – Final Real Estate: They’re Digging Up All the Dead Racehorses at Hollywood Park

Monday, March 10th, 2014

They’re digging up dead racehorses over at Inglewood’s Hollywood Park Racetrack, which closed at the end of last year so it can be bulldozed and replaced with a huge multi-use development. There are apparently a few great racehorses buried at the track; Native Diver was a black colt who won 34 stakes and still co-holds the record most Hollywood Gold Cup wins, according to the LA Times. He died in 1967, at the age of eight, from colic, and was buried at Hollywood Park beneath an enormous monument by prolific/fantastic Southern California artist/designer Millard Sheets. Richard Shapiro, whose grandfather owned Native Diver, says “You couldn’t leave a horse like this beneath a real estate development,” so he called in some USC archaeologists (and their students) and yesterday they got to digging. The remains and the monument will be moved to Del Mar racetrack in San Diego.

According to Blood-Horse, there are two other horses set to be moved from their graves at Hollywood Park: undefeated filly Landaluce will go to her birthplace, Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, and Great Communicator is being claimed by his trainer, who hopes to move him to Santa Anita Park or Del Mar.
· A legendary racehorse will get a new resting place [LAT]
· Massive Hollywood Park Redevelopment Finally Beginning [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Final Real Estate: The 136-year-old Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle…

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

2013.11_evergreen.jpgThe 136-year-old Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights has turned brown and dry and mourners are pretty upset about it–the cemetery blames LADWP restrictions, County Supe Gloria Molina and others blame the cemetery. Molina calls it “a disgrace to the renowned people who have been laid to rest here – which includes historic figures, celebrities, as well as a significant Chinese day laborer population from the turn of the last century,” and she’s pushing for an improvement, which the cemetery is not super happy about (they say they’ll go to court over the matter). [Eastsider LA]

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Curbed – Final Real Estate: Meet the Mystery Chickens of East LA’s Serbian Cemetery

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

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Chickens: they’re not just for dinner, factory farms, and hipster backyards anymore. Eastsider has the heartwarming tale of the chickens of East LA’s Serbian Cemetery, and the mourners who love them. “It’s very natural for the chickens to be here. I love that the chickens have a safe place to roam and eat the grass. It’s fantastic. It’s like a sanctuary here,” said one woman who was there to visit her father’s grave. Another chicken fan and cemetery visitor, who often leaves food for the chickens, told the site that “the majority of people don’t mind because the chickens are making people feel welcome.” No one’s quite sure how the chickens-at-the-cemetery thing got started, but it’s been going on for years. And fear not, animal lovers: the chickens like the arrangement, too. According to the cemetery’s caretaker, “The chickens are happy living here. I feed them and take care of them because it’s not their fault they were left here.”
· Chickens and roosters turn East L.A. graveyard into barnyard [ELA]

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Curbed – Final Real Estate: The Saddest Things About East LA’s Abandoned Jewish Cemetery

Friday, March 29th, 2013


In the twentieth century, Boyle Heights and East LA were LA’s version of Ellis Island–home to a wide assortment of immigrants and ethnic groups–and in the first half of the century in particular, the area had an enormous Jewish population (Canter’s started in Boyle Heights). There are almost no Jews left anymore, and today the LA Times introduces us to a depressing remnant of the old days: the Mount Zion Cemetery, originally opened in 1916 “by a burial society dedicated to provide free burials for poor Jews.” It’s chained up, its graves have been knocked over and vandalized, and no one’s even sure who owns it at this point. Here’s just a small roundup of sad things about this place:

– “Where other cemeteries featured vast expanses of trimmed grass, handsome columns and statuary, Mount Zion was mostly concrete and dirt.”

– “A sign stamped on a wall of bright bougainvillea on Downey Road asks visitors to call a neighboring graveyard if they want to go in. The phone number doesn’t exist anymore.”

– “hundreds of tombstones were on the ground, some lying like small, toppled Stonehenges. On one tomb, a vandal scrawled a cryptic graffiti: ‘Here lies Horse. RIP.’”

– “Throughout the cemetery, rounded, oval photographs set in enamel lay on the ground. The caretaker, Lupe Munoz, said vandals probably used rocks or screwdrivers to pry them off.”

– It’s home to the grave of Lamed Shapiro, a great Yiddish writer “of gruesomely dark stories of pogroms in Eastern Europe who died a pauper in Los Angeles in 1948. Shapiro’s tombstone, in the shape of an open book, had rolled to the ground like a decapitated head but, by a stroke of fortune, landed face-up.” Shapiro was known for his “stories bathed in hyper-violent acts of murder, rape and even cannibalism.”

– During Prohibition, “the cemetery hosted the funeral for a murdered ‘alcohol broker.’ ‘No big shots were at the funeral,’ it was reported in the Los Angeles Times, ‘although a number of lesser lights from the underworld appeared both at the undertaking parlors and the cemetery.’”

– In 1932, a 50-year-old man “shot himself in the head inside Mount Zion. A second bullet pierced his heart, apparently the result of a reflexive movement of his gun hand after the first pierced his skull.”

– “[Neighboring Jewish cemetery] Home of Peace and the Jewish Federation agreed to look after the cemetery many years ago, but neither organization knows who actually owns the property, and county records are inconclusive, listing the name of the apparently defunct burial society.”

– In the early ’90s, “the federation sent a letter to all known living heirs of Mount Zion’s dead. ‘They were almost all elderly people living on fixed incomes,’ [the president of the Jewish Federation] said. ‘Since then, they’ve all passed away….’”

– While Home of Peace Jewish cemetery has about 100 burials a year, Mount Zion hasn’t seen one in about six years.
· Jewish dead lie forgotten in East L.A. graves [LAT]

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