MINC Set To Fight For Unclaimed Area

By Caitlin M. Foyt, Mid-City Press Contributing Writer

MID-CITY—A potentially valuable area of land has the Mid City Neighborhood Council (MINC) battling the South Robertson Neighborhood Council over which will annex the area.

From the 10 freeway near Fairfax Avenue to La Cienega Boulevard between Venice and Washington Boulevards, the area currently lacks representation by a neighborhood council and isn’t officially part of a particular neighborhood.

MINC President Allan DiCastro said the Dept. of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE), the city organization that oversees all of Los Angeles’ neighborhood councils, approached them about a year ago and asked they include the region in MINC’s boundaries. However, DONE never documented the change, according to DiCastro

“We adopted, or we thought we adopted this other area, and now South Robertson Neighborhood Council have said ‘we believe this is our area’ and they’re challenging us for it,” said DiCastro.

The Robertson Neighborhood Council’s area is located west of La Cienega Blvd.

The area in question includes residential streets and a portion of the area’s so-called “Art District.” According to Michael Sonntag, a MINC board member, there is talk of possible entertainment industry development for the area that could prove to be of future great economic importance.

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