Avalon Wilshire Now Surveilling Nearby Problem Park

The management of the Avalon Wilshire apartment complex will install security cameras to surveil a nearby park. Photo: Ervins Strauhmanis / Flickr Creative Commons.

The management of the Avalon Wilshire apartments is currently installing security cameras to monitor an adjacent community park, according to La Brea Hancock Homeowners Assoc. President Barbara Savage. The security is due to complaints by some that the park has become a hotbed of loitering by drug users and other transients.

Recently, the Avalon had became a source of ire among some locals claiming the building’s management had failed to honor an agreement—signed in April—with the homeowners’ association that it would upkeep security at the park, which spans two blocks from S. Orange Drive to S. Citrus Avenue behind the apartment complex located at 5115 Wilshire Boulevard.

The agreement had called for Avalon to provide 24-hour security camera surveillance and for a guard patrol at two-hour intervals.

“They were supposed to [install cameras] within 90 days,” of signing the agreement, said Savage. “[Avalon Wilshire] should be monitoring the park, keeping it free from loiterers and drug users.”

According to some neighboring residents, problems at the park have been ongoing. Two years ago, people were manufacturing methamphetamines in a home nearby on Highland Avenue, which encouraged area car break-ins and drug smoking in the park, Savage said.

Such activity produced headaches for homeowners such as Alex Holmes, a retired athlete now running a digital media company who owns a home at the end of a cul-de-sac at the park.

Holmes said he experienced trouble soon after a remodel of his S. Mansfield Avenue home, which he purchased in 2014. According to Holmes, his home was burglarized shortly after the remodel was completed.

“There were always people hanging out,” at the park, he said. They were “the guys … involved in my burglary.”

Holmes, formerly a Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams tight end, was hit hard.

“I had a lot of memorabilia that was taken [and unrecovered],” he said.

According to Holmes, police arrested the burglars and informed him the men had been squatting at and operating out of an Avalon Wilshire apartment.

“There’s a lot less activity since they busted those guys a couple of years ago but there’s still no security,” Holmes said.

According to Avalon Wilshire’s website, the building—where rent starts at $2,208 for one-bedroom units—boasts many amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa, landscaped courtyard and pet-friendly and eco-friendly services.

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