A massive mixed-user planned for an 11-acre property in West Adams near the Expo Line’s La Cienega/Jefferson station might have hit a major bump in the road. Two groups, Friends of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative and the Crenshaw Subway Coalition, are suing the project’s developers, Carmel Partners, as well as the Los Angeles City Council, over what they’ve deemed an “illegal skyscraper.”
They’re asking the judge for an injunction to halt the tower’s construction, arguing it violates the city charter and the California Environmental Quality Act, which requires cities to assess and mitigate a development’s impact on the surrounding area, including on traffic and transportation.
In an interview with CBS LA, Crenshaw Subway Coalition founder Damon Goodmon called the project “wildly out of character” with the neighborhood, and expressed concern for the gridlock that would come from it. “As a community, we would like to see new improvements and investment but not this type of investment,” he said.
The Crenshaw Subway Coalition unsuccessfully sued Metro over the Crenshaw Line light rail, which will cut through Leimert Park, Hyde Park, Inglewood, and eventually have a stop that connects to LAX. The coalition had argued construction would ravage businesses along Crenshaw Boulevard. It wanted an underground segment as opposed to above-ground rail there.
Friends of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative is a group described as “supporters of the ballot measure” of the same name. Its spokeswoman is Jill Stewart, who is the campaign director for the Coalition to Preserve LA, the group sponsoring the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative up for vote in November. That initiative seeks to slow down development citywide by requiring city planners to strictly adhere to the city’s outdated General Plan.
Construction on the West Adams mixed-user was expected to begin in 2018.
- Groups Sue To Prevent Development Of South LA’s First Skyscraper [CBS LA]
- A First Look at the Huge, Expo-Adjacent Mixed-Use Complex at La Cienega/Jefferson [Curbed LA]