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Westside Developer Allegedly Refuses To Meet With Councilman's Committee

An advisory committee set up by Councilman Bill Rosendahl to help whittle down a massive Westside project stated Wednesday that the developer has refused to meet with it to come up with a compromise plan.

The city Planning Commission earlier this month declined to approve the 385-unit, 12-acre development at the corner of West Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive after residents complained and pointed out that it would generate 21,000 additional car trips in the area.

Rosendahl originally endorsed the project but then changed his mind, stating to the Weekly that it would have to be downsized to retain his support. He created the committee as a way of coming up with a compromise between community members and the developer, Michael Lombardi.

"We very disappointed that the developer, Mr. Michael Lombardi, has simply rejected the requests of both the Planning Commission and Councilman Bill Rosendahl to meet with us," stated Sara Melzer, a nearby resident and member of the committee. "Mr. Lombardi's refusal to meet with us is a slap in the face to Westside residents. He apparently believes that he is above the process."

Although the project is being spun by the developer as a senior housing and medical facilities building, much of it would contain market-rate housing and retail space. About one in five units would be set aside for senior and affordable housing.

The developer has said opposition is being stoked by a rival developer, Kilroy Realty.


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