The City of Beverly Hills and the City of West Hollywood issued a joint statement this evening addressing the future of Lions Club Log Cabin, located at 621 N. Robertson Boulevard.
The City of Beverly Hills recently gave the Lions Club notice to vacate the land and informed them that the home to 12-step recovery meetings would be demolished by March 31.
The recovering community in West Hollywood, neighboring areas, and its allies, expressed outrage over the possible loss of the Log Cabin. A Save the Log Cabin petition started by Brent Bolthouse Mason Rad, at Change.org, already has over 4,000 signatures as of the publishing of this article. However, the future of the Log Cabin is still uncertain.
Both the City of Beverly Hills and the City of West Hollywood acknowledge the importance of the Log Cabin as a sober space. Both cities vow to work together to come up with a solution to either save the Log Cabin, or find a different space in West Hollywood to take its place. There is no word on whether or not the March 31 deadline for demolition stands.
The joint statement is below:
The City of Beverly Hills and the City of West Hollywood are in discussions to determine a shared approach to the current uses at the ‘Log Cabin’ property, located at 621 N. Robertson Boulevard.
Located in the City of West Hollywood, the property is owned by the City of Beverly Hills. Through a recent audit of its property inventory, the City of Beverly Hills discovered there is no lease in place with the building’s current tenant, the Lions Club. In addition, a contractor walked the property and found portions of the building in poor condition.
The property has, for many years, served as a gathering location for recovery meetings.
“Tens of thousands of people have been helped by the 12-step meetings at the Log Cabin on N. Robertson Boulevard over the past four decades; these meetings are a vital resource for the West Hollywood and greater Los Angeles sober community,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “The City of West Hollywood is committed to preserving the availability of addiction recovery support group space and will work with our neighbors in the City of Beverly Hills to explore all available options.”
“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,” said West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo.
“Both cities recognize the important work that has occurred at the site and the countless lives that have been changed for the better,” said Beverly Hills City Manager George Chavez. “Our concern is the safety of those within the building.”
The City of West Hollywood is anticipated to conduct its own audit of the building’s conditions in the coming days. In the meantime, the City of Beverly Hills has offered to provide alternative meeting locations for the Lions Club and other organizations that utilize the facility and the City of West Hollywood is exploring options that support the ongoing use and the availability of community and recovery meetings.
The City of Beverly Hills and the City of West Hollywood will provide updates as discussions progress.