Hollywood Group Fights Super Target Store

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – A citizens group claims in court that Los Angeles illegally approved a Super Target store in their Hollywood neighborhood.
     La Mirada Avenue Neighborhood Association of Hollywood sued the city and the City Council in Superior Court. It seeks writ of mandamus invalidating approval for the 420,035-square-foot retail project. The group claims the approval violates the California Environmental Quality Act and Los Angeles Municipal Code.
     “This petition challenges the City’s November 20, 2012 decisions and all subsequent actions in approving: (a) eight exceptions from the Vermont/Western Transit Oriented District Specific Plan (‘Specific Plan’), a site plan review, project permit compliance and other associated entitlements (‘Land Use Entitlements’), and (b) an Environmental Impact Report (‘EIR’) for the ‘Target Hollywood’ project, the proposed construction of an approximately 420,035-square-foot retail project in Hollywood that would include an approximately 163,862-square-foot Super Target Store, approximately 30,887 square feet of unrelated and undefined additional retail space, and an approximately 225,286 at-and above-grade parking structure with 458 parking spaces, located at 5500-5544 West Sunset Boulevard,1417-1441 North Western Avenue, 5505-5525 West De Longpre Avenue, and 1414 St. Andrews Place (‘Project ‘),” the lawsuit states.
     The group claims the city’s environmental impact study is incomplete, and failed to address increased traffic congestion, among other things.
     It claims that the eight exceptions to the plan violate the Municipal Code, and that the city did not consider alternative sites.
     The group sued the city this summer after the City Council amended zoning laws to make room for bigger and taller buildings in the Hollywood area, including a 20-story tower. A judge temporarily blocked that project, finding that the city’s environmental impact study was insufficient.
     It sued the city in May after a developer was allowed to demolish a 1924 building whose façade was supposed to be incorporated into the new building.
     La Mirada Avenue Neighborhood Association of Hollywood seeks an injunction, writ of mandamus and costs.
     It is represented by Robert Silverstein of Pasadena.

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