MONTEREY PARK — Despite objections from people who live across the Long Beach Freeway from the proposed site of a court building for abused and neglected children, the City Council on Monday approved selling the land to Los Angeles County for $3.5 million.
The hilltop site, next to the Sybil Brand Institute, the county women's jail, will house the county Dependency Court. Fire inspectors and a grand jury have said the court's current facilities, in downtown Los Angeles, are overcrowded to the point of being unsafe.
Monterey Park once considered developing the land for a hotel, but Redevelopment Agency officials say the hotel would be better located in the Los Angeles Corporate Center, which is next to a residential area called the Highlands. The city will use the money from the sale to develop a hotel site there.
Cindy Yee, one of a half-dozen speakers who opposed selling the land for the six-story courthouse, said she and many of her neighbors fear that it will generate more traffic and bring in a "negative element" because some parents of abused children are criminals.