|Top and bottom left image courtesy calhomebuilders.com. Bottom right courtesy Bing Maps.|
Today's latest news is the proposed planning of 90 single family homes with a hearing scheduled for April 21, 2015 (see bottom of post) consisting of:
- 11 single family one and two story dwellings with 2 car garages.
- 32 single family two story dwellings with 2 car garages.
- 47 two story dwellings with 2 car garages.
- 18 guest parking spaces.
- Various single family dwellings may include 3 car garages.
- 30,000 cubic yards of soil will be hauled away.
- Overall, the homes will vary from 1,485 sqft and 3,500 sqft with 4 - 5 bedrooms and 3 - 4 baths.
The location is 8500 Fallbrook Ave Canoga Park 91304 which was formerly the longtime home of the Boeing Fitness Center which became the Pratt & Whitney Fitness center after they acquired the Rocketdyne division. The new project is called The Oaks at West Hills by California Home Builders which now has a website up to inquire about the development.
|Image courtesy Calhomebuilders.com|
The property measures 13.7 acres with 13,194 sqft of building space built in 1963. The property was recently sold on May 23, 2013 for $9,500,000 from Boeing North American Fitness Inc to The Village at the Valley Condos Inc which is owned by California Home Builders based at 21510 Roscoe Blvd Canoga Park CA.
On a separate note, the Cal Home Builders office at 21510 Roscoe (not the fitness center) has historical significance as the former ranch home of Albert Lawrence ("A.L.") Schoenborn (see image below) during the 1920's who purchased and subdivided a number of Chatsworth area tract homes. Schoenborn was known as the founder of "North Owensmouth" but is better known today as a street name that runs across the SFV (Paradise Leased). I also remember this location as being a former Jeep car dealership when Roscoe Blvd was thriving with dealerships.
|Image courtesy Historicaerials.com showing 1947 Canoga Park|
|Image courtesy Historicaerials.com showing 1967 Canoga Park with ranch demolished and dearlership in place.|
|Image courtesy Historicaerials.com showing 1947 Canoga Park or original ranch landowner just south of the Chatsworth Reservoir.|
|Image courtesy Google Maps|
The Boeing Fitness Center represented the might of American manufacturing and aerospace prowess. One of the few companies (if not the only) to provide a 13.7 acre recreation facility in the SFV for hard working employees and their families to enjoy during a time when cold war era tensions were high and the only thing that mattered was landing on the moon and beating the Russians. Its a sad day to see a symbol of corporate generosity and employee appreciation go the way of bulldozers. But like everything else these days, change is inevitable, and the once mighty aerospace industry is a fraction of what it was during its hey days.
You can view more SFV Architecture and R.E. here.