By Susan Motander
Last week, the Monrovia City Council discussed the possibility of Bradbury annexing four small pieces of Monrovia. These parcels are adjacent to Bradbury on the eastern edge of Monrovia. According to the staff report on the subject, the total amount of land involved is less than three acres.
Specifically the properties are described (according to that same report) as:
– A vacant 0.73-acre residentially zoned parcel (APN 8527-003-002).
– A 0.07-acre parcel (APN 8527-003-001), owned by the Bradbury Estates Association that houses the guard house entrance to Bradbury Estates.
– A 0.10-acre vacant sliver parcel (APN 8527-026-023), owned by the Bradbury Estates Association.
– A 1.75-acre parcel (APN 8527-026-025) that houses a developed residential estate.
As the descriptions indicate and as Bradbury contends, the parcels logically belong in the City of Bradbury, with two being owned by the Bradbury Estates Corporation and the other two being portions of estates, the majority of which are located within Bradbury city limits.
There were some concerns expressed by members of the council when the issue was discussed. Mayor Tom Adams requested that in negotiations with Bradbury, the city manager ensure that Monrovia be compensated for any lost property tax revenues.
Council Member Gloria Crudgington pointed out that the two properties that were part of larger estates faced Monrovia. She was concerned that large, out-of-scale homes might be built on the properties if they were subdivided. Adams indicated he believed the Bradbury codes would not allow such division of the properties.
City Manager Oliver Chi said that he would keep these concerns in mind during further negotiations.