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JUN 26, 2007

Los Angeles City Council Approves Lease Agreement for Holocaust Museum in Pan Pacific Park

Los Angeles City Council Approves Lease Agreement for Holocaust Museum in Pan Pacific Park Led by Member Tom LaBonge (District 4), the Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously to recommend signing a lease with Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (“LAMH”). The lease will allow LAMH to construct a permanent home in Pan Pacific Park for its exhibits and archives devoted to Holocaust commemoration and education. “The vote this morning was a win for District 4 and for the entire city,” Councilman LaBonge said. “The museum that will be built will be a significant cultural institution free and accessible to all. It will add needed facilities to Pan Pacific Park, and it will improve understanding among all our citizens.” The Agreement provides for a 50 year lease of a small patch of under-utilized space on the Park’s western edge, below the U.S. Post Office, in Councilman LaBonge’s district. LAMH plans to build a 15,000 square foot building occupying less than 1% of the entire park. The agreement mandates LAMH provide public rest room facilities, additional parking, and other provisions. Plans for the building, designed by renowned architect Hagy Belzberg, create a facility revolutionary in its ability to increase green space and to integrate a dual message of tragedy and hope about the events of the Holocaust. “Yesterday the council brought us a giant step closer to achieving our long-held dream of a facility worthy of our city and of our commitment to remembering and teaching about the Holocaust,” said Mark Rothman, Executive Director of LAMH. In its approval, the city expects the building to cost $6 million. LAMH will shortly launch a capital campaign for the new building and for an operating fund endowment. It has already received pledges and commitments for almost all of the construction estimate. Holocaust survivors founded LAMH in the early 1960s as a permanent repository for their personal artifacts from the Holocaust and the world the Nazis destroyed. Today the Museum hosts docent-led school tours, survivor lectures, exhibitions on the Holocaust, and numerous special events.