Like Tearing Down Nate’n Al’s –
January 15, 2020 – “The Log Cabin is like an iconic way station for sobriety in Los Angeles,” said James Maclean, who runs a support meeting across the street at the West Hollywood Recovery Center. “You know that if you show up to the Log Cabin, there’s going to be some sort of meeting and some sort of sobriety and someone to help you.” While West Hollywood and Beverly Hills issued a joint statement citing a contractor’s report that “found portions of the building in poor condition” and saying that the jurisdictions are seeking a compromise, the Los Angeles Blade points out that the two cities seem to be at odds as to the future of the Log Cabin.
West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo said in the press release, “We are committed to continued availability of services. This space serves a significant and valuable role for the recovery community and we will examine all potential options.” Beverly Hills City Manager George Chavez, on the other hand, appears gung-ho for the wrecking ball. “Both cities recognize the important work that has occurred at the site and the countless lives that have been changed for the better,” he said. But, he added, “Our concern is the safety of those within the building.”
The Blade accuses wealthy Beverly Hills of being inspired by greed, writing, “The sudden interest by Beverly Hills appears to be monetarily motivated. In recent years commercial development has exploded along Robertson Blvd. Selling the property to developers would be profitable for the city. They have also sent site inspectors to the building who have found it in poor condition.”