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Sorry, NIMBYs: Residential Conversion At WeHo's Old ICM Building Will Actually Reduce Traffic

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Some West Hollywood residents, specifically members of the West Hollywood West Residents Association, will have a harder time claiming the proposed conversion of the old ICM building will be a major traffic nightmare, since the project's draft environmental impact report says it will actually decrease congestion once it's done. A group of residents have long opposed Townscape Partners' plans to expand the 10-story, mixed-use office tower that once held ICM offices; the project includes 56 condos, eight low-income apartments, subterranean parking, five townhouse buildings, a small apartment building, and a two-story pool house on a nearby surface parking lot. The draft EIR, a preliminary version of the report, says traffic will likely increase during construction, but will decrease after the project is built—mostly because apartment buildings generate less traffic than office and retail buildings (the building will still have some office and retail space on the lower floors). The city council needs to approve a special exception to zoning rules before work starts, but this is a good harbinger, as was a June meeting in which a Planning Commission subcommittee seemed pleased with the project.

· Environmental Review of 8899 Beverly Finds No Major Issues [WeHoville]
· West Hollywood's Modernist Office-to-Condo Conversion Sprouts Additions [Curbed LA]