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Koretz, Rosendahl Urge Developers to Scale Back Casden Project

A proposed project at Pico and Sepulveda would bring hundreds of residential units, as well as commercial and retail space to the Westside.

Council members Paul Koretz and Bill Rosendahl urged developers last week to rethink proposed plans for a commercial and residential project along Pico and Sepulveda Boulevards.

The Casden Sepulveda Project would include 266,800 square feet of retail commercial floor area and 538 residential units. Nearly 60 units would be "senior-affordable," according to a press release.

Koretz said area businesses, homeowners and neighborhood councils are against the project's proposed size, saying it's "too large for this congested area."

"I urge the developer to work with area stakeholders to design a new smaller project that reflects neighborhood needs and input," he said in a statement. "I know that together the developer and community can create a project that we will all be proud of."

Rosendahl said he opposed the project as it's currently presented.

"The size of the project is completely out of scale with surrounding development in the area," he said in a statement. "I hope the developers will be good neighbors and work towards scaling back the project and better leverage the transportation assets that Expo Phase 2 and the accompanying bike path will provide."

The City Planning Commission will take up the project in February. The Los Angeles City Council will make a final decision on the project in 2013, according to the press release.

View the project's Draft Environmental Impact Report here.

Judith December 11, 2012 at 01:09 AM
How assinine is it that the city posted the project site upside down: north at the bottom and south at the top? Anawalt Lumber is on the SE corner of Pico & Sepulveda and Exposition is south of Pico! Is this thing going where the new L.A. City building for meter maids is located? Who can tell what is what with this upside-down map? Unbelievable.
Jolie Jashni December 11, 2012 at 03:46 PM
It is Casden's drawing, not the city's.
Babs December 11, 2012 at 05:46 PM
OMG STOP STOP STOP! This is the neighborhood's NIGHTMARE. How the hell can the city even consider this as an option? Is Casden planning to include a helipad to get the occupants in and out for work? Is Casden planning to include on and off ramps for them? Has Casden ever been at the Pico intersection at 5-friggin-o'clock? I am sick and tired of developers saying that they have done their impact studies and we're supposed to believe that the people they hire to write these reports are telling us the truth. If that were the case, this project would have never gone past the idea stage. The traffic congestion alone should have killed it.
Edie G December 11, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Once the Expo line Phase II extension is finished this could be a great place to live without a car--easy access to public transportation both to downtown and santa monica. (Assuming stuck-in-the-past activists fighting the expo line are thwarted in their efforts to block it.) I urge developers and city government to keep this in mind as we build a future Los Angeles that is less dependent on cars and fossil fuels.
Glenn M December 11, 2012 at 11:10 PM
This is going where the cement factory is behind and to the side of the welfare office. Target was originally supposed to be part of this project. I don't know if it still is.

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