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L.A. Planning Commission OKs Large Project on S.M. Border  

By Lookout Staff

March 16, 2010 -- A 12-acre mixed use development proposed for just outside Santa Monica that has raised traffic issues passed an important step in the approval process on Thursday. The Los Angeles Planning Commission voted 6-0 to support a slightly scaled-down version of the project.

Called the Bundy Village and Medical Park, the project slated for the Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive intersection calls for 385,000 square feet of medical offices, 120,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and 385 condominium units (mostly for seniors) spread across three structures.

Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Director Eileen Fogarty submitted a letter to the City of Los Angeles in June stating the project would impact 15 intersections in Santa Monica.

“The City of Santa Monica is deeply concerned about the impacts of the project on Santa Monica streets,” Fogarty wrote.

 

Nearly 200 people attended the meeting at Los Angeles City Hall, with a majority representing various community groups opposed to the project. They raised traffic congestion issues as their main concern.

The concept once had the support of Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose district includes the project site. But he has recently gone in opposition to the project, calling for a size reduction.
A quote on L.A. Weekly’s web site on Thursday from developer Michael Lombardi thanking Rosendahl for his support was modified within hours to remove the councilman’s name because he complained. The L.A. Weekly reported Rosendahl “hit the roof” after seeing his name in the quote.

The proposal is headed to the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee, which is composed of three City Council members. After that, it will go before the entire City Council for a vote.

 

“The City of Santa Monica is deeply concerned about the impacts of the project on Santa Monica streets”
     Eileen Fogarty


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