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Television City Hearing Draws 350 Participants

Model of the proposed expansion of Television City Studios at 7716- 7860 Beverly Blvd.

More than 350 people, including members of the applicant’s team, attended last week’s online hearing on the proposed expansion of Television City Studios at 7716-7860 Beverly Blvd, according to the LA City Planning Department. Approximately 185 members of the public provided testimony on the project, planning department staff told the Buzz.

“About 50 community members who have no affiliation with the project spoke out against this massive development and office tower, which will overwhelm the neighborhood and bring traffic to a standstill. It’s time for the developer to make a genuine, meaningful response to the significant public opposition. Scaling back this project will make it a win-win for them and the surrounding communities,” said Danielle Peters and Shelley Wagers, Co-chairs, Neighbors for Responsible TVC Development in a statement provided to the Buzz.

“We are humbled by the more than 75 percent of Hearing Officer participants who spoke in favor of our plan to modernize Television City, the vast majority of which are Beverly/Fairfax residents. This support is in addition to the more than 1,600 support letters that were sent to the City Planning Department and the 20-5 vote in favor of the project by the Mid-City West Neighborhood Council. It is clear the community overwhelmingly supports Television City,” said Zach Sokoloff, Senior Vice President, Television City in a statement sent to the Buzz following the hearing.

“Our community support is a testament to TVC’s active and robust community outreach program. Through those efforts – studio tours, open houses, focus groups, and events with local community partners – we’re proud to have earned the support of more than 4,000 of our neighbors and organizations representing thousands more residents, small businesses, non-profits, preservationists, environmental advocates, and our brothers and sisters in unionized labor,” continued Sokoloff.

“We are grateful to all community members that dedicated their time to voice support for our investment in the entertainment industry and our plan to modernize Television City,” said Sokoloff.

City planners More Song and Paul Caporaso conducted the hearing which started at 9:30 a.m. with a presentation by Hackman Capital. Public comment continued all day with a 30-minute lunch break and ended around 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of the hearing was to inform the public and gather input, said Song according to the Beverly Press. Next, the department staff will prepare a report for the Los Angeles Planning Commission, which is tentatively scheduled to hold a hearing on the Television City Project on Sept. 12. Copies of the report will be made available at approximately one week prior to the commission’s hearing. Written public comments can still be submitted to [email protected]; use “TVC 2050” in the subject line. The Planning Commission will also take public comments at its hearing in September, when it will make a recommendation and forward it to the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee for consideration, followed by the full City Council, according to the Beverly Press.

The recording of the hearing will soon be posted on the planning department’s website, according to the staff.

Model of the proposed expansion of Television City Studios at 7716- 7860 Beverly Blvd.
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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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