Lankershim Depot | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Lankershim Depot

On August 10, 2020, the Los Angeles Conservancy submitted comments on the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority's (MTA) Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the District NoHo Project.

Centered around the Metro NoHo Station, the proposed project is a 2 million square foot master-planned, mixed-use development incorporating market rate and affordable multifamily housing units, creative office, and retail space.

Under the proposed project, the historic Lankershim Depot, constructed in 1895, will be moved to accommodate new portals for accessing the Red Line. By moving the Depot, the project will have significant impacts on this designated resource and compromise its ability to convey historic significance. The siting of the Lankershim Depot and its connection to the street are integral to its history.

The Conservancy long advocated for the restoration of North Hollywood’s Lankershim Train Depot at the corner of Lankershim and South Chandler Boulevards.

After being closed for over thirty years, the historic depot reopened as a coffee shop in 2017. Since it's reopening, the depot has served as a community center for North Hollywood residents.

For years the Lankershim depot sat vacant on Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) property as the MTA and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) struggled to reach an agreement on its future.

During this period, several projects were proposed by the MTA and CRA. Projects included a proposed redevelopment for the site that would have relocated the depot to a less visible location about a block west of its historic location as well as a proposed $3.6 million adaptive resuse to convert the depot into a transit information center.

Finally, a successful rehabilitation and revitalization project converted the historic depot into a coffee shop in early 2017. Since its opening, the coffee shop has served as an anchor for the community.

The Conservancy opposes the relocation of the historic Lankershim Depot as proposed in the District NoHo Project. The depot is an important piece of North Hollywood history and has served as an anchor for the community since its construction in 1895.

The depot has long connected resident's public transportation first as a railroad depot, then as a stop for Pacific Electric trolley cars. Today, the depot has been adaptively reused as a coffee shop and serves as a community anchor that tells the important history of North Hollywood development.

We believe Metro and the City must explore all alternatives to reduce the project's impacts to less than significant.