The Los Feliz Ledger is reporting that construction of the Target at Western Avenue and Sunset Boulevard is being challenged by a group called Citizens Coalition Los Angeles. CCLA contends that the project ‘disrupts the current character of the neighborhood’.
A ruling is expected this week.
According to the Los Feliz Ledger:
The 194,749 square foot project, which is already well under construction, would have a 163,862 square foot Target retail store and an additional 30,887 square feet of smaller retail and food outlets. The overall project would stand more than 74 feet above grade.
SNAP guidelines–developed, in part, to create retail outlets and livable space near Metro stations and bus stops–limit the height of commercial structures to 35 feet.
The Los Angeles City Council approved the project in 2010 with eight exemptions to SNAP guidelines including the project’s allowable height, an increase over the maximum allowable 390 parking spaces and the requirement that a retail outlet of more than 40,000 square feet provide free delivery to local residents.
The City Council’s approval came endorsing that the project needed no environmental report, a study that measures traffic and other environmental concerns, setting up the filing of two separate lawsuits against the city’s decision.
As a result, Target, based out of Minnesota, withdrew the city’s approvals and prepared an environmental report, of which, the petitioners currently challenge.
Read more about this battle at the Los Feliz Ledger website. The story indicates that the City Council moved too quickly at various stages of the approval process. A judge will have the final say this week when the decision on the pending lawsuit is delivered.
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