The approval of a conditional-use permit Friday for a community center in a Pacoima housing project clears the way for construction to begin next month.
John J. Parker, an associate zoning administrator, approved the request by the Housing Authority of Los Angeles to build a $674,000 center on Lehigh Avenue to replace the four-bedroom apartment that now serves as a center.
A spokeswoman for residents of the San Fernando Gardens Housing Development was the only person who spoke during the brief hearing at the Van Nuys Woman's Club.
"I'm very happy and excited because it's going to really help the residents," said Luz Elena Tafolla, president of the development's residents advisory council. "The community services center will serve residents better and we're going to have more activities for the kids."