The man behind the proposed Bundy Village and Medical Park says he'll likely downsize the controversial West Los Angeles mixed-use development following community concerns about traffic and city Councilman Bill Rosendahl's own withdrawal of his previous support for the plan.
"If I have to downsize this thing I will," Michael Lombardi, president of Stonebridge Holdings, told the Weekly. "We'll take a good hard look at all of the retail stuff. We're going to look at traffic as a means of making determinations."
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Opponents of the 385-unit, 12-acre project at Bundy Drive and West Olympic Boulevard claim that 21,000 trips a day would be generated. The developer, who said it's more like 18,000 trips, has decided to go back to the drawing board and put off seeking approval from city committees and the council until at least October.
Lombardi argues that the project, which would create 2,500 trade jobs during its construction, has been wrongly vilified by people who don't live in the area and by a rival developer. He says much-needed medical-service providers and physician offices would cover nearly half the space and that, while the development will bring people to the neighborhood, it will bring medical care closer to Westsiders who need it.
The developer says his quandary is ironic: Opponents have painted Bundy Village as a housing and mixed-retail development shrouded by medical facilities used to help sell the project. Lombardi says it was originally envisioned as a medical-only development and that residential and retail components were added later at the behest of city planning officials.
With aging baby boomers demanding more medical care and an Expo Line light rail extension going right through the area, Lombardi says, "This is the logical place to put it."