A massive development planned for the heart of traffic-choked West L.A. hit the brakes this week following months of protests and objections by some community members who argued that the Bundy Village and Medical Center would put more cars on local streets.
Developer Stonebridge Holdings, through a publicist, stated that it would put off public hearings on the matter for four months to “take this opportunity to again review this project and ensure it is the best it can be.”
If the developer has its way, the move means that a City Council committee and the full council won't get to consider approval for the project until at least October.
After initially backing the development, which would contain 385 residential units and mixed-use office and retail space, Westside Councilman Bill Rosendahl has sided with the opposition and has asked that Bundy Village be scaled down.
A key point of ire for opponents is that the project would allegedly ad 21,000 extra car trips a day to the area. Bundy Village would go up at Bundy Drive and West Olympic Boulevard in the Sawtelle neighborhood of West L.A.
Even though the city Planning Commission approved the 12-acre project in March, opposition by Rosendahl has essentially sent it back to the drawing board.
The developer states that it has worked with concerned citizens, Rosendahl and other stakeholders and will continue to do so:
“We hope that we can continue to work with key stakeholders to create a project that will meet this need and address the legitimate concerns of the residents near the project,” according to a statement sent to the Weekly.
LA Weekly first reported about the project in February.