Hawthorne Leaders ‘Baffled’ by Trump Admin Tour of Vacant Building Eyed as Potential Homeless Shelter Site

The vacant former Federal Aviation Administration building in Hawthorne seen in this undated photo has become the subject of curiosity after officials with the Trump administration toured it, supposedly in hopes of turning it into a homeless shelter. It was designed by Cesar Pelli and Anthony Lumsden in mid-1960s. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

The vacant former Federal Aviation Administration building in Hawthorne seen in this undated photo has become the subject of curiosity after officials with the Trump administration toured it, supposedly in hopes of turning it into a homeless shelter. It was designed by Cesar Pelli and Anthony Lumsden in mid-1960s. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

A week after hearing about federal officials swinging through a vacant office building close to Los Angeles International Airport, Hawthorne City Manager Arnold Shadbehr is still confused.

Shadbehr hasn’t heard from the federal government or anyone else — other than reporters — about the visit to study homelessness in California. The Washington Post last week reported that officials with the administration of President Trump had “secretly” toured the one-time Federal Aviation Administration facility in Hawthorne as part of discussions about turning it into a government-run homeless shelter.

The glassy building at 15000 Aviation Blvd. is in the process of being sold to a commercial developer and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, raising even more questions about why the Trump delegation supposedly chose it.

“We were baffled,” Shadbehr said.

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