The gigantic, highly controversial 8150 Sunset project at Crescent Heights and Sunset boulevards, designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry, has received wide resistance from community activists, and now the powerful Laurel Canyon Association joins the fight.
The association, which is the oldest neighborhood group in Laurel Canyon and successfully stopped a freeway extension, was the principal author of the Hillside Ordinance and was a big player in creating new McMansionization rules, has now filed a formal appeal of the City Planning Commission’s approval of the 8150 Sunset mega-project. Townscape Partners is the developer and hired Gehry.
Laurel Canyon Association president Jamie Hall recently released this public statement:
Yesterday, the Laurel Canyon Association (“LCA”) filed a formal appeal to the Los Angeles City Council for the massive Frank Gehry project at 8150 Sunset Blvd, which will sit at the base of Laurel Canyon where the McDonald’s and Chase bank currently is located.
Shockingly, the City believes this project will have no impact on traffic or transportation, which is nonsense. We all know this intersection (Crescent Heights and Sunset) is one of the worst in the City. In fact, the City has already given this intersection an “F” rating. There is no possible way a project of this size could have no impact on traffic. It simply doesn’t make sense.
LCA will be working with experts in the next month to prepare an extensive appeal justification and will be asking for mitigation measures from the developer to reduce the impacts of the project by reducing the need to access the site by car (for example, better sidewalks along Crescent Heights and Little Laurel, installation of a bus stop at Kirkwood and Laurel Canyon, a new pedestrian bus shelter at Lookout Mountain and Laurel Canyon Blvd, crosswalk enhancements at Country Store, etc). We are also asking for a traffic mitigation plan for “Little Laurel” (to reduce the anticipated increase in cut through traffic caused by the project).
The overwhelming majority of respondents that participated in LCA’s community pulse survey indicated that we should seek mitigation measures from the developer. Further, LCA is working with other community organizations and local businesses who will also be impacted by this project.
Here’s the Laurel Canyon Association’s Justifications for Appeal.