Brushing aside pleas that property values and family lives would be irreparably harmed, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to go ahead with plans to build a courthouse in the western San Fernando Valley.
By a 3-2 margin, the board voted to spend up to $4.3 million to design a 12- to 18-courtroom structure on the edge of a Chatsworth industrial park. The 9.3-acre vacant lot at Plummer Street and Winnetka Avenue is owned by developer Alexander Haagen.
Haagen’s firm will design the West Valley Municipal Courthouse. The county plans to buy the land from him for $12 million and pay him up to $30 million more to build the courthouse.
Neighbors of the project condemned the supervisors who supported the project for not listening to their concerns and accused the board of giving Haagen preferential treatment.