Developers of the city’s first independent- living complex for the
severely disabled have moved a step closer to breaking ground.
The Redevelopment Agency voted Tuesday to approve $61,544 in
additional funding for United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles,
developers of a proposed 18-unit project that would serve those with
very low incomes.
“This is a good project,” Councilman Dave Golonski said. “It’s a
very expensive proposi- tion, but the project is needed, and I am
pleased to support it.”
The city, which paid $560,000 to purchase land for the project at
San Fernando Boulevard and Providencia Avenue, has also contributed
$750,000 toward the $3.5-million price tag.
As a condition of the city’s latest contribution, United Cerebral
Palsy must come up with $90,000 of the remaining $154,544 needed to
begin construction, said Duane Solomon, the city’s housing
"[UCP] has also secured or applied for funding from several other
resources and increased its own equity participation from $10,000 to
$250,000,” Solomon said.
According to Ron Cohen, chief executive officer of the
organization, there’s still a gap to be bridged despite the
generosity of the city and other grant resources. Cohen said he
doesn’t want to use money set aside for existing patient care to fund
the balance, but will do so if additional grant money cannot be
“I appreciate the kindness of the community,” he said. “But we’re
still short, quite a bit short. We are running out of time, but by
hook or by crook, I will close escrow in November.”
According to a staff report, there is an unmet housing need in the
community that affects approximately 17,200 Burbank residents who
have a disability. A long roll of finan- cial red tape has
interrupted the development of the much- needed facility for the past
five years, according to the report.
“This is a great use of [Redevelopment Agency] funds, and I am
very happy to see the project move forward,” Council- man Jef Vander
The project is one of the largest of United Cerebral Palsy’s 41
independent-living facilities in Southern California, and will
feature wheelchair-accessible showers, tilted mirrors, and wider
ramps and doorways. The new units will also have remote-controlled
door openers, an emergency-call system and lowered light switches.