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Santa Clarita looks to force cleanup of ‘The Greens’

Posted: June 27, 2014 6:19 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2014 6:19 p.m.

The front door of the former home of "The Greens" stands boarded up Friday. Fire ripped through the building in 2011. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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Santa Clarita city officials are preparing to initiate proceedings aimed at cleaning up, or tearing down, a structure that used to house The Greens in Valencia, citing the derelict property’s effects on the surrounding area.

In the coming days, city officials say, they expect to send a letter to the owner of the property at 26501 McBean Parkway notifying the individual the city is planning to pursue a nuisance abatement proceeding, city officials said Friday.

“Basically, a nuisance is defined by the code as properties that are so deficient that they bring down property values adjacent to them,” city spokeswoman Gail Morgan said Friday.

“And the remedy for this is one of two things: either rehabilitation or demolition.”

The property owner has a chance to respond to the letter or to appeal, according to city officials.

“Generally, we give notice to the property owner of the code issues and give them an opportunity to cure those code issues,” said City Attorney Joe Montes. “If they don’t, then we proceed with the administrative hearing.”

If the property owner does not respond to the letter or appeal, Morgan said, the city could move forward with court proceedings to have the property demolished.

“It is a nuisance, it is a danger, it is bringing down property values in the area,” Morgan said. “So we definitely want to get in there and get rid of the eyesore, get rid of the blight, get rid of the nuisance as quickly as possible.”

While the property doesn’t appear in such bad condition driving by it, a closer look reveals unkempt grounds and a good deal of graffiti.

Another issue, according to Morgan, is that the city has received reports of illicit activity taking place at the property and of transients frequenting the property.

“Within the next few days, we will be working with the city attorney to craft the letter and doing what we need to do,” Morgan said.

The property, located across from the Westfield Valencia Town Center, used to house The Greens in Valencia, a putting course and restaurant.

Brisam Valencia LLC bought the site in 2006 with the idea of tearing down The Greens and building a hotel on the property.

Those plans hit a snag when the project ran into delays during the city review process in 2009.

A fire roared through the vacant property in 2011, causing heavy damage.
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