The Casden Ross Dress for Less project may head to the Planning Commission in October, reports the Larchmont Chronicle, but at this point, City Councilman Tom LaBonge's office is not supporting the current design. Back in January, LaBonge's office hadn't weighed in yet. Via the paper: “We’ve asked them to go back to the drawing board. At the moment we’re not supporting the project,” Renee Weitzer, chief of land use planning for Councilman Tom LaBonge, said. “Unresolved issues” range from the design of the building—15-stories, if you count the two-story podium—to traffic congestion, said Weitzer." As part of a 1993 agreement, Casden said it would put up a senior care center, but now the developer is looking to build 150 senior units and 150 market rate units, a move which has some locals worried about traffic and other issues. But a rep for the developer tells the paper that a traffic impact analysis found the “Third Street Residences will result in a net reduction of 655 daily trips when compared to the existing Ross commercial use."
· NEIGHBORS VOICE CONCERN OVER PROJECT [Larchmont Chronicle]
· Early Neighborhood Reaction to Casden Project: Not Good [Curbed LA]