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Important Universal Expansion Hearing Planned for Tuesday

Paul Krekorian's office just found out about it.

A hearing to discuss the is scheduled for next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. by the Los Angeles City Planning Department.

The meeting seemed to have come with short notice. 

"Because some interested parties, including my office, did not receive very much advance notice of this hearing, I wanted to make sure that you knew about it," Krekorian wrote in a letter to his district and issued late Thursday.

As now proposed, the project includes 1.45 million square feet of office space for media firms, a 327,000 square feet expansion of Universal Studios and two 500-room hotels. The proposed plan has it previously featured, and instead will focus on entertainment, film and tourism amenities. 

The project proposal does still require the developer to spend $100 million on transportation improvements, including widening nearby streets, adding an off-ramp to the nearby freeway, etc.   

Krekorian encouraged the local activists to come out, saying: "This is your opportunity to hear the details of the project, including how it will impact surrounding neighborhoods in the short and long term. At the hearing, you will also be able to peruse the environmental impact report. Most importantly, the hearing gives you the opportunity to make your voice heard about the project."

The meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 in Van Nuys City Hall Council Chambers, located on the 2nd floor of 14410 Sylvan St., Van Nuys 91401. 

Krekorian said, "Of course, I welcome your thoughts and input about the new proposal as well, and you can contact my office anytime by calling (213) 473-7002."

For more information and to see a fact sheet NBC Universal prepared, please click here

Paul Krekorian's information page on the project is at:  cd2news.tumblr.com

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