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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.

Unkept grounds and a patio strewn with trash are among the blight at the former home of The Greens restaurant in Valencia. 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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projalice11: Posted: June 27, 2014 11:31 p.m.

YEAH for the Santa Clarita city officials>>

Nitesho: Posted: June 28, 2014 8:53 a.m.

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

So what I'm reading is. The city wants them to fix something they tried to do 5 years ago but ran into a snag with the city.

Wonder what that snag was...

lars1: Posted: June 28, 2014 8:55 a.m.

What about the POS house next to the Metrolink Station on Soledad?

I have been trying to get the city to clean that up for over 10 years.

Its the first thing people coming here see when they get off the train.
Very nice first impression on Santa Clarita.

ricketzz: Posted: June 28, 2014 9:48 a.m.

I thought it was a "Watch out for Rattlesnakes" sign that made the first impression. God forbid the toxic waste lacks curb appeal. Zounds!

SReilly12: Posted: June 28, 2014 12:38 p.m.

lars1 - first impression of Santa Clarita - the trains are commuter trains, I doubt very much that someone is taking the train to SC to see the sights. I agree with you that this house is an eye sore - and will continue to be an eyesore because it doesn't hamper the views from City Hall!!! --edited.

bobforte: Posted: June 28, 2014 2:13 p.m.

Just curious lars as to why that house bothers you so much. It is not near anything. Plus, depending on your direction of travel, Canyon COuntry or Newhall is the first thing commuters see as they enter the valley.

bbcalvin: Posted: June 28, 2014 4:13 p.m.

I believe it ran into delays because the proposal was trying to build too much on the property and didnt have enough parking. Also, there is an earthquake fault that runs on the property, so the building footprint is very limited on where it can go on that property. That is why it was originally a putting green, hardly any structure on site. It is a challenging site.

lars1: Posted: June 28, 2014 11:47 p.m.

The property is just one of the things people notice. If its not the perfect example of "blight", I don't know what else could be. A house, with paint peeling, no vegetation, a dead tree, open garage door, abandoned!

The city really doesn't do anything about it, even though people complained. They, SReilly12 and bobforte seem to be like the city and find excuses for letting it be. I think the property owners are "greening" those that work in the city. The last time I complained, they said they would like to do something, "but their superisors told them not to do anything".

The city approved the Metro tract across the street, and the city may think all the people living there approve the run down property because they do not say anything about it.

The billboards along the RR tracks never caused any fires. The telegraph wires caused the big fire that went through the valley. Why are the telegraph wires still there? Why is this eyesore house still there?
Six months ago, I guess, somebody complained about the stands on the street side of the Saugus swap meet. The swap meet owners tore down the stands, and it looks a lot better. I don't know why it took almost 20 years?

SReilly12: Posted: June 29, 2014 12:45 a.m.

Lars1 - Well if you believe what was written in previous articles about the "Stands coming down" then safety issues were a big factor in removing them..........can't understand why the house and grounds next door wouldn't presents it own set of safety issues also. Maybe we need to hit the homeless camps in the wash and tell the folks go stay at the house by the Swap meet......maybe that will bring attention to this eyesore in a round about way.

17trillion: Posted: June 30, 2014 11:55 a.m.

How about putting a traffic light repair company there?

SReilly12: Posted: June 30, 2014 2:47 p.m.

Poor Homeless..........sounds like I'm throwing them under the buss.....I wasn't just using them as an example of something that has the city's attention right now.

johnnyrock: Posted: June 30, 2014 3:18 p.m.

it's sad, the Greens was actually a fun place the few times I went. Hopefully it will someday be again.

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