“Triangle” Makeover Delayed

A rendering created to show what city officials hoped the Vermont Triangle would resemble after it was built in 2008.

LOS FELIZ—Despite being billed as an “immediate solution” by its proponents when it was approved in February, there appears to have been little movement on the redesign of the “Vermont Triangle” median, which has housed a steady rotation of homeless encampments since its conversion to a mini-park in 2008 by then Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge.

The proposed redesign would include the installation of large planters to narrow the sidewalk through the median in order to deter encampments, and is estimated to cost under $100,000—an eighth of what the 2008 renovation cost.

According to Estevan Montemayor, a spokesperson for Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, who represents the district in which the Triangle sits, paperwork to purchase and install the planters, which need to be custom made, has been filed and is working its way through city channels.

Once the purchase is finalized, said Montemayor, “There will be outreach provided to the people [living in the Triangle who are] currently experiencing homelessness in the week prior and also during the entire installation process.”

As for the timeline, Montemayor could not provide a completion date, only that the installation would begin “within the next few months.”

According to East Hollywood Business Improvement District Vice Chair Jeff Zarrinnam, who has been spearheading the redesign effort, he hasn’t heard back from the city since they agreed to purchase the planters in February.

“We’re just waiting,” said Zarrinnam

[This story was updated June 29th at 12:46 p.m. to include a comment from East Hollywood Business Improvement District Vice Chair Jeff Zarrinnam received after publication.]

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