Demonstrators on Tuesday hit the corner of West Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive to protest a proposed one-million square-foot development at the intersection that they argue will add 21,000 cars a day to already choked Westside traffic.
The development known as "Bundy Village and Medical Park" would take up nearly 12 acres and include 385 residential units, retail space, and medical offices. Opponents of the project, which goes before the city Planning Commission Thursday, say Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Westside Councilman Bill Rosendahl have already expressed support for the development.
The developer claims the project represents "smart growth" and that traffic would actually improve despite adding so many car trips and people to the Sawtelle neighborhood. The development would include "a significant traffic enhancement program to benefit the surrounding community," according to a statement on the developer's site
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Opponents claim that "the City Council would need to override the project's significant environmental impacts on West Los Angeles residents, as defined by the California Environmental Quality Act, in order for the development to proceed," according a statement. "West Los Angeles residents feel completely let down at this point by our elected officials who made campaign pledges to reduce traffic and minimize impacts of major developments."
The anti-Bundy Village group says Rosendahl has failed to meet with them. It says other opponents of the project include: Brentwood Homeowners Association; Brentwood Community Council; Friends of Sunset Park; South Brentwood Residents Association; Pacific Palisades Residents Association; Westwood South of Santa Monica Homeowner's Association; Brentwood Glen; Mar Vista Community Council; Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City; West Sawtelle Homeowners Association; and Pico Neighborhood Association.