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Plans For Massive Westside Development Hit Rough Patch

As the city Planning Commission put off any decision Thursday on a massive mixed-use project on the Westside called Bundy Village, the local Los Angeles city councilman who had backed the development changed his tune slightly.

"I share the worries of many Westside residents who are concerned about the size and scale of the project, and its traffic impacts," Rosendahl stated, according to the Los Angeles Times. (Although a member of Rosendahl's staff was eager to get in touch with the Weekly to express his support for the project earlier this week, several calls to the councilman's offices could not get a confirmation on Rosendahl's latest stance).

As we reported first, Bundy Village is a 385-unit, 12-acre development at the corner of West Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive in West L.A.'s Sawtelle neighborhood. A protest against the project materialized Tuesday morning, with opponents saying its addition of 21,000 cars per day to the area would make already bad traffic congestion worse.

A public relations firm for Bundy Village, however, said that a rival developer, Kilroy Realty, was behind the opposition and had staged such potential roadblocks to competing projects in the past.

About one in five units at the development will be set aside for senior and affordable housing, although Bundy Village is being spun as a senior-living project.

On Thursday, after the commission put of any decision on the project, the president of Bundy Village developer Stonebridge Holdings, Michael Lombardi, issued a statement:

"We remain confident that we can find common ground and ultimately receive project approval. When completed, Bundy Village will provide high-quality health care services for Westside senior citizens and create permanent jobs in the city of Los Angeles -- both of which are needed in the city of Los Angeles and on the Westside."

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