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Grand Ave Project Should Be Abandoned, Says Planner

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While City Councilwoman Jan Perry and Bill Witte of developer Related Companies argue over whether the original Grand Avenue should be altered, Paul Novak, the land planning deputy for County Supervisor Mike Antonovich gets right to the point in the latest edition of the Los Angeles Business Journal. Novak tells the paper: "The project should be abandoned." Boo! Keep in mind that Novak has long been a critic of the $2.7 billion project of residential towers and retail, according to the paper. "We need to rethink what goes on that land and how the county and city can maximize their returns. But it's not this deal. We should probably start from scratch and issue a new request for proposals." Another downtown expert is quoted as talking about the glut in downtown condos as a reason not to build (although that glut may have cleared up by the time the thing is done, right?), and to further confuse everyone, Gerry Hertzberg, policy director for County Supervisor Gloria Molina tells LABJ nothing has changed in regards to plans for Grand Ave.
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