The final environmental impact report on the proposed Expo Line-adjacent West LA project that everyone loves to hate has been released. The proposed commercial/residential development would take the place of a cement plant at Sepulveda and Pico and include 266,800 square feet of retail space and 538 residential units over four buildings, the tallest topping out at 17 stories. It would also provide pedestrian access between a future Expo Line stop and bus stops on Pico and Sepulveda. Comments were sought on a draft document--which included nine alternative plans for the site--in the spring, and oh did it get comments. The health effects for people living on top of the neighboring 405 were a popular concern, as were the height of the buildings and increased traffic due to a proposed Target taking up some of the retail space. In the final report, however, developer Casden doubled down on its assertion that this massive project is what's best for the neighborhood. Paul Koretz, City Councilmember for the area, will not be happy with that, as he vowed to "vote against it and encourage all my colleagues to do the same," if significant changes were not made to the plans. Koretz will have his chance when the project comes up for a vote, which is expected to happen in February.
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