Rancho Los Amigos | Los Angeles Conservancy
Rancho Los Amigos and early dormitory structure. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine / L.A. Conservancy

Rancho Los Amigos

With wholesale demolition proposed, the County of Los Angeles is pursuing plans to redevelop the long-vacant yet historically significant south portion of the County-owned Rancho Los Amigos campus in Downey.  The development proposal seeks to consolidate existing County facilities and build three new administrative buildings to house headquarters for the Internal Services and Probation departments, and a Sherriff’s Department Crime Laboratory.

Despite the campus’ historic status, the project calls for the demolition of the entire Rancho Los Amigos Historic District comprised of over 100 structures, more than 60 of which have been identified as contributing structures to the district.

 

The Conservancy commented on the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the project in 2017 and recently met with County and project team representatives to learn more about the proposal and tour the campus. We raised several concerns about the project’s purpose, the County’s need to evaluate adaptive reuse and preservation alternatives in the forthcoming draft environmental impact report (EIR), and the County’s problematic approach that seeks to demolish nearly all of the historic campus despite the project being limited to 28 acres of the 74-acre site.