Townscape Partners’ mixed-use project proposal at 8150 Sunset Blvd. has been designated as an Environmental Leadership Development Project (ELDP) by Gov. Jerry Brown’s office.
According to a press release, the designation makes 8150 Sunset the first mixed-use development and urban infill project to receive the honor. It’s also the first project in Los Angeles County to be designated.
“We want to be a steward for environmental leadership and an engine for job creation in California,” said Tyler Sigel, of Townscape Partners. “Our goal with 8150 Sunset is to help move Los Angeles, as well as the state as a whole, one step closer to reducing our carbon footprint.”
The developers are looking to construct 111,000 square feet of commercial space and 249 apartments at the property on the southwest corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards. Plans have been filed with the city, and Townscape Partners is currently working on the project’s draft environmental impact report, which is slated to be released this year.
Currently, the 2.56-acre site houses a McDonald’s, Chase Bank, storage facility and other small retailers. The property was once home to The Garden of Allah in the 1950s.
The Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council has yet to take a position on the project, though it has discussed the proposal. The project is actually within the jurisdiction of the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council. The two councils are separated by Laurel Canyon Boulevard.
Officials with the Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council could not be reached for comment by deadline.
Anastasia Mann, president of Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, said congestion on Sunset Boulevard is the main concern for some people who oppose the project, but some area residents have spoken in favor of upgrading that particular city block.
“It’s a very divided issue,” she said.
Mann said traffic on Sunset Boulevard is already a challenge, as many people use Laurel Canyon Boulevard as a passageway to the San Fernando Valley.
“There’s already quite a bit of a roadblock there every day,” she said.
However, members of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council recognize that development and change is a fact of life, Mann said. They want to ensure that commercial entities and residents communicate and cooperate, she said.
Mann said the council will make a decision on whether to support the project once it has heard from Townscape Partners and the community.
“No one has approached us to do that yet,” she said.
At least one resident has voiced concerns that the ELDP designation could impact opponents’ legal recourse, as the ELDP program requires that California Environmental Quality Act challenges be concluded within 270 days of “the certification of the administrative record.”
A spokesman for Townscape Partners said the 270-day limit would begin on the first court date — if any opposition opts to pursue litigation. According to the release, the challenges would still be heard first in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The release states that the designation does not impact the development approval process. The city of Los Angeles is still the lead agency, and the honor only allows for a streamlined judicial review after the city’s approval.
To qualify as an ELDP, a project must bring more $100 million in an investment to California, create high-wage and highly skilled jobs, achieve at a minimum a LEED Silver certification and result in zero net additional emissions of greenhouse gases. Only four projects have been designated in the state so far.
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