Los Angeles Council member Paul Krekorian, Studio City Neighborhood Council President John Walker and Studio City Residents Association President Alan Dymond all called for the public to show up Thursday to express their thoughts about the NBC Universal Evolution Plan.
And yes, a Universal spokesperson also welcomes locals to attend the public hearing in order to be a good neighbor to the community.
Krekorian said in his letter:
"The City Planning Commission will meet to discuss the NBCUniversal Evolution Plan. This is an important step in this project's process and I wanted to make sure you are aware of this meeting.
The proposed plan has eliminated the nearly 3,000 residential units it previously featured, and instead will focus on entertainment, film and tourism amenities. 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. Despite the elimination of the housing component, 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.
This is another opportunity to hear the details of the project, including how it will impact surrounding neighborhoods in the short and long term. Most importantly, the hearing gives you the opportunity to make your voice heard about the project. If you are unable to attend, but want more information about the project, click here to read the entire report.
The meeting will take place at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in Van Nuys City Hall Council Chambers, located on the 2nd floor of 14410 Sylvan St., Van Nuys 91401[map: http://goo.gl/maps/SXJUI].
Walker, who met recently with engineers of the project at Universal, said:
The Studio City Neighborhood Council recommends you attend this very important hearing. We also recommend you comment against the proposed sign district which will include super-graphics and light pollution on Lankershim Blvd., and into the surrounding communities and hillsides.
This project will move forward, but we must be certain that we, our community, has a hand in what the final, acceptable project will be.
Dymond said the Residents Association have specific concerns "against the proposed sign district which will include super-graphics and light pollution on Lankershim Blvd., and into the surrounding communities and hillsides.
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