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San Pedro's Ponte Vista Approved in Boring Suburban Form

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A decade in the making and shrunken more times than a lipo junkie, San Pedro's Ponte Vista development, on the site of abandoned naval housing, was finally approved by the City Council today. What was once a 2,300-unit, mixed-use urban village is now a suburban-ish residential development with 676 housing units (and another 24 units that could possibly be built later), no retail, no rentals, and gated entry for cars. Developer iStar agreed to the following concessions to finally get its project, first proposed in the early 2000s, moving: a permanent access road from Western Avenue to the Mary Star High School, a union labor agreement, local hires, streetscape improvements for Western, and a two-acre park also on Western, to be designed, built, and operated by iStar, but open to the public. To sweeten the deal, iStar also made the project's future rec centers and walking and jogging paths open to the public. Half of the residences will be single-family houses, with condos, townhouses, and flats making up the rest; everything will be "designed in Mediterranean and California Modern styles."
· Ponte Vista [Curbed LA]