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Big Plans for Universal Lot

[Image Credit: L.A. Times]

Yesterday afternoon, with Mayor Villaraigosa present, NBC Universal unveiled its plans to create traffic chaos for a master development on the 391-acre Universal lot. The $3 billion “Vision Plan” includes a panoply of developments on the lot (via Variety):

• Universal Village, a 124-acre residential development, which will include apartments, townhomes and condos, that will be built on the currently unused land on the lot nearest Barham Boulevard.
• Universal City MTA Station, an office building and retail project to be built on the site of the MTA-owned transit hub on Lankershim Boulevard, adjacent to the lot. Thomas Properties Group would develop the site and NBC Universal would be the anchor tenant of the 650,000-square-foot project.
• On the lot itself, construction of new and relocated outdoor sets, post-production facilities, soundstages, producer bungalows, office space, film vault and prop and costume shops.

• Construction of a new four-lane public road through the lot roughly parallel to Barham Boulevard that would connect the residential development to the CityWalk and Universal Studios entrance on Cahuenga, as well as access improvements to the 101 and 134 freeways.Knowing that nearby residents are going to freak, Universal included in the plan a lot of measures to pacify them, including shuttles to the Metro stop and “walkable villages” in the residential developments. Being able to walk to City Walk: priceless.
· Universal Reveals Master Plans [Variety]
· A Cast of Thousands of Homes [L.A. Times]
· Universal City II: The Revenge [Curbed L.A.]