The Disaster Assistance Project for Portions of Council District 3 was adopted in 1994 after the Northridge Earthquake. The "Project Area" includes the West San Fernando Valley communities of Canoga Park, Reseda, and Winnetka. The Project Area amounts to 2,500 acres and is generally bounded by Topanga Canyon Boulevard on the west, Saticoy Street and Roscoe Boulevard on the North and Victory Boulevard on the South. .
To repair, restore, demolish, and/or replace properties damaged by the Northridge Earthquake, and to take actions necessary for the economic recovery of communities affected by this disaster.
Conditions at Time of Adoption
The Project Area was severely affected by the Northridge Earthquake. Seventy six percent of the council district’s red-tagged buildings that were deemed too dangerous for people to live or work in, were located within the Project Area. Physical and economic damages included:
- Commercial/industrial buildings: 286 (fifty nine percent of the council district total)
- Single-family homes: 930 (ten percent of the council district total)
- Apartment buildings: 434 (forty one percent of the council district total)
- Condominiums: 84 (twelve percent of the council district total)
Retail stores: Many of the retail stores lining the Sherman Way commercial corridor were severly damaged or destroyed. The businesses that received minimal damage to their storefronts suffered a sharp decline in their customer base due to the large number of nearby residents that could no longer occupy their homes. The remaining residents had to budget for costly home repairs that reduced disposable income. Retailers trying to repair their damaged shops and replace lost inventory were also faced with a sagging economy. As a result, many of these businesses were forced to close.
Our Key Accomplishments
Hart Village. Completed in 2007, this Canoga Park development consists of 47 two- and three-bedroom apartments for low- and very low-income working families. Hart Village features a 3,800-square-foot child care center, and a community center. It was designed with sustainable features, including a solar energy system that generates 50 percent of the energy needs for all community areas. Hart Village replaced seven dilapitated single-family homes that suffered from asbestos and lead contamination.
Tierra del Sol. Completed in 2005, this Canoga Park development features 119 one- to-five-bedroom apartments for low- and moderate-income families. The complex also contains a a charter elementary school and a 3,500-square-foot family resource center with parenting programs and other services. Tierra del Sol was built on an abandoned five-acre site that was once a city-owned maintenance facility.
The Dennis P. Zine Community Center. The 12,000 square foot Community Center is the third and final phase of the Tierra del Sol Community. Various social services are available at the Community Center including child development classes, youth counseling, ESL classes, tax preparation and computer rooms.
Madrid Theater. The Madrid Theater is a 440-seat theater that showcases productions by professional, community, and student performing arts groups as well as art exhibitions. CRA/LA acted as the City’s agent to acquire the site in downtown Canoga Park.
West Valley Facade Improvement Grant Program. Over 100 storefronts along the Sherman Way Commercial Corridor in Canoga Park and Reseda have received face lifts with grants from the West Valley Facade Improvement Grant Program.
Canoga Park Streetscape Program. Trees, tree grates, benches, trash receptacles and crosswalks were added to six blocks of Sherman Way and Owensmouth Avenue. Curbs and alleys were also upgraded.
Main Street Canoga Park. Canoga Park was certified as a California Main Street Community, a program that recognizes the revitalization of historic commercial districts. CRA/LA provides technical and funding assistance to the Main Street Canoga Park non-profit corporation, which sponsors the Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival that takes place in November. Main Street Canoga Park together with CRA/LA and other community groups such as the Canoga Park Improvement Association and the Canoga Park/West Hills Chamber of Commerce competed for and won the national recognition for All America City in 2005 on behalf of Canoga Park. In addition, Main Street Canoga Park launched the Grand Opening of the Canoga Park Farmers' Market in April 2010.
Guadalupe Center Rehabilitation Project. Guadalupe Center in Canoga Park offers a multitude of social services to community youth, families, and seniors. These services include after-school programs, a computer center, and emergency food and clothing. The Guadalupe Rehabilitation project added additional space for programs and administrative services.
Reseda Theater. CRA/LA purchased the vacant and dilapidated 9,500-square-foot theater on Sherman Way to establish an adaptive re-use project . Lead and asbestos have been removed and demolition of the interior (“soft demolition”) is complete.
Sherman Way Town Center Project. CRA/LA acquired properties at 18128 and 18210 Sherman Way in Reseda for a future project. Extensive community outreach will be conducted to determine the best use for the site.
Between 2010 and 2014, CRA/LA plans to further improve neighborhoods in Canoga Park, Reseda, and Winnetka by:
- Preserving and expanding housing for all income groups.
- Encouraging economic development
- Meeting the social needs of area residents
- Improving the public infrastructure
- Providing urban planning and design services
- Facilitating community participation and
- Funding the short and long-term redevelopment activities