Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Twin Towers of Hollywood Millennium Project Concern Residents

Two towers of the Millennium project at Vine Street
The Hollywood Millennium project, which in its revised state encompasses two towers of 35 and 39 stories flanking the landmark Capitol Records building, is the type of development favored by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his successor Eric Garcetti. The towers combine retail, restaurants, office space, and housing units, and fit in well with the city's plan to allow denser development within walking distance of the Metro's rail stations.  Yet neighborhood residents worry that the project, even though scaled down from its original massive scale, has been rushed through the approval process without an honest assessment on the towers' impact on local traffic.

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LA Daily News

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Excerpt: "The Millennium is the latest project sparking controversy over City Hall's push for taller buildings. Rising in the heart of Hollywood, it would flank the existing Capitol Records building near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, blocks from the 101 Freeway on- and off-ramps.

Joining a spate of under-construction projects in Hollywood, the skyscrapers would bring a mix of housing and other uses to Hollywood. The developer isn't outlining what it intends to build, but wants approval for a project that could contain at least 492 residential dwelling units, 200 luxury hotel rooms, and nearly 200,000 square feet of office, restaurant and retail.

Supporters argue the building fits into the so-called new Hollywood, where city zoning laws allow taller buildings, push for more walkable streets, and the neighborhood's three subway stops cater to commuters. Millennium spokesman Brian Lewis said the skyscrapers were 'about getting people out of their cars and onto the subway, onto their feet and on their bikes.'

'We think the people who are going to live at our project are people who want to live an urban lifestyle that does not depend exclusively on a car to get around,' he added.

Opponents, including the dozens of local homeowners groups fighting the Millennium, believe the project will bring more traffic, arguing an extensive subway system doesn't exist in Los Angeles. Speaking at last week's Millennium hearing, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council member Jim Geoghan drew widespread applause from audience members when he highlighted Los Angeles' lack of rail lines.

'New York City has 24 subway lines feeding Manhattan,' Geoghan said. 'We have one.' "

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