SAN PEDRO — Air Force officials, seeking to end a long-standing controversy with homeowners and environmentalists, have offered to reclaim a smaller portion of White Point Park for the construction of 170 housing units.
In a letter delivered Tuesday to Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores, who represents San Pedro, James E. Boatwright, assistant secretary of the Air Force, wrote that the Air Force is willing to use only 20 acres on the eastern edge of the 115-acre undeveloped park, providing it is allowed to build on 16.5 acres at Martin J. Bogdanovich Recreation Center, a city-owned park a few blocks away. In exchange, the city would be granted clear legal title to the remainder of White Point.
The compromise would have to be approved by the state Coastal Commission and the Los Angeles City Council. A spokesman for Flores said the councilwoman expects to respond to the Air Force's proposal by Nov. 1.
Split Locations OKd
"We would still prefer to build all of the housing at White Point," Air Force spokesman Larry Hannon said Wednesday. "However, to be amenable, we are willing to divide the housing at two locations."