As the massive NBCUniversal expansion plan approaches its final approval, the company is making one last attempt to sweeten the pot. The company has now offered to throw in an additional $150,000 for traffic mitigation in Burbank, the Burbank Leader reports. This is on top of the $3.6 million NBCUni has already agreed to spend on traffic improvements in the area impacted by the studio expansion. The city will be allowed to figure out how to spend the money, and "some ideas floating around include implementing permit parking, installing speed bumps, putting up signage or constructing curb extensions." The project, which includes new studios, two new hotels, an expansion of the Universal Studios theme park, and CityWalk, in addition to community benefits such as an extension of the LA River bike path and transportation upgrades, is due to go before the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission next week; it's already jumped all the necessary city hurdles.
· NBCUniversal to fund Burbank projects to ease impact of expansion [Burbank Leader]
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