NORTHWEST GLENDALE — Owners of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery say they are interested in buying the troubled Grand View Memorial Park, which fell into scandal in 2005 when investigators discovered that 4,000 people had been improperly buried.
The sale of Grand View — which has had limited public access for years after it fell into a state of disrepair — is required under the terms of the $3.8-million settlement for the class-action lawsuit against the cemetery’s operators.
The lawsuit came in the wake of a 2005 state investigation that found the remains of 4,000 people who had not been properly buried. The cemetery was shut down a year after the remains were discovered, and it reopened with a new operator but closed again due to financial struggles.
Now, a limited $500,000 restoration of the cemetery grounds — including a new irrigation system and the removal of dilapidated buildings for additional grave space — is about 85% complete, said Paul Ayers, the attorney for the plaintiffs’ families who was appointed to oversee the restoration.