The City Council earlier this week approved the sale of an approximately five-acre section of Elephant Hill, one of the largest swaths of undeveloped El Sereno hillside, to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. The authority, which will pay $495,000 for the strip of land that stretches approximately between Pullman and Latrop streets, will build “walking trail and other improvements that will enhance the experience for countless hikers and residents in this otherwise urban area,” according to a press release issued by Councilman Jose Huizar, who joined community leaders to preserve open space in the area.
The five-acre parcel being sold to the authority, a government agency charged with preserving open space, is part of approximately 20 acres of hillside that the city purchased for approximately $9 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a developer that wanted to build homes on the property.
What happens to the city’s remaining 15 acres of Elephant Hill?
“We designated them as open space in November so they can’t be commercially developed and will be protected,” said Huizar spokesman Rick Coca. ” The hope is down the road the MRCA or some other agency would purchase them.”