Developer fights landmark status for WWII camp

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US WWII Veteran marches in a Memorial Day parade. (AP Photo)

US WWII Veteran marches in a Memorial Day parade. (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A developer is taking legal action against the historic-landmark designation for one acre at a former World War II-era internment camp in the San Fernando Valley.

The Los Angeles Times reports Snowball West Investments won’t stop installation of some sort of commemoration at the site, but the company wants permission to tear down a golf course and build a 220-unit residential community.

In June, the City Council voted unanimously to overturn a Cultural Heritage Commission decision and honor the former site of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, which is now a one-acre oak grove.

More than 2,500 Japanese, Japanese Americans, Germans, Italians and Japanese-Peruvians were detained there following Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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