Local golfers are being offered half a loaf in the latest plan advanced by MWH Development Corporation for the 2.5 acre Verdugo Hills Golf Course in Sunland- Tujunga.
The course, bought by MWH in 2004, is one of the last remaining recreation facilities in the area, and a favorite destination for residents of the foothill communities.
MWH is now proposing replacing the 18 hole course with 269 townhouses and condos, and constructing a new 9-hole course. A previous proposal for a larger housing development or a commercial project has been dropped.
The developers will explain their proposal at the next meeting of the Crescenta Valley Town Council on Thursday, May 18 at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Crescenta Valley Heritage wants the site to be protected for historical reasons. It was the location of a Japanese internment camp during World War II.
According to local historian Mike Lawler, it was also an important location during the era of Spanish California, as a midpoint between San Fernando and San Gabriel missions.
The Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council has been actively engaged in studying any future development proposals, expressing traffic and congestion issues. A neighboring property has also been proposed for rezoning.
—By Charles Cooper