(FOX/CNS) - The Getty House, a three-story mansion that traditionally serves as the Los Angeles mayor's home, is undergoing a series of repairs that have so far cost the city around $375,000, the mayor's office confirmed today.
City crews have been working since July 1 to perform "deferred maintenance" on the 92-year-old Hancock Park property, taking advantage of the transition from the administration of former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to that of Eric Garcetti, who took office in July, mayoral spokeswoman Vicki Curry said.
The work includes asbestos and lead paint removal, termite spraying, lock replacement, carpentry, electrical and water damage repairs, and interior and exterior painting, she said.Garcetti recently announced that he and his family, now living in Silver
Lake, have decided to move into Getty House in a few weeks.The repairs were already being performed prior to their decision to move, Garcetti said today while taking part in City Hall menorah-lighting festivities.
The Getty House, which Los Angeles' mayors have used for greeting dignitaries and holding luncheons, speaking events and other functions, is considered a "public building used for public services," Garcetti noted.The repairs were going to be done "regardless," he said. "We hold events there all the time."
He added that his family will pay for any repairs or upgrades to the private quarters of the house.
The house was gifted to the city in 1975 by the Getty Oil Co.