Dear Mr. Netburn,

 

I would like to express my objection and concerns about this impending development at 1050 La Cienega Blvd.  I live in South Carthay and I find the sheer size/height of this project offensive, overwhelming and insensitive to us, the homeowners in the neighborhood.  The fact that “TOC” is being used to justify the application for approval to build this behemoth is just so off target and a joke.  The project “giving” the city 29 low income housing units to get approval is very misguided. The majority of these units are going to be built as luxury apartment units. How many renters do you think will use mass transit where they have to walk ½ mile to get to a station.  Let’s be clear here, renters who pay $5000 ++ per month usually DO NOT take mass transit and will be driving their OWN CARS. That’s just the reality of our city.

  1. There are NO buildings (aside from Cumulus –same developer) on La Cienega that is higher than 6-8 stories from Venice Blvd to Dayton Way.  This will stand out LIKE A SORE THUMB and just doesn’t belong to the aesthetic of the surrounding neighborhood.

  2. The developers are touting their retail spaces as high-end retailers. Look at La Cienega, again from Venice to Dayton Way, NO retailer on the street would be considered high end.  As far as I know NO high-end retailer will want to be on a street surrounded by low to mid type businesses.

  3. We are in an HPOZ and this project will have such a negative impact on our property values as it will now tower over our neighborhood, causing loss of Sunlight (there goes the solar panels), traffic and parking congestion around our streets and overwhelming the neighborhood infrastructure which is already at its breaking point since nothing has been upgraded in decades.

  4. The developer has no connection to the city and has been known to bribe a city council member to get their projects approved.

  5. If we really care about the city and people of LA then build affordable housing, NOT another 28-story luxury apartment building.  There are so many vacant luxury apartments around LA and we do not need more.

  6. I have reviewed the environmental assessment posted on SCEA and I feel that this assessment does not adequately address the issues I have stated in my email.

 

PLEASE we beg you to have some consideration for us long time homeowners and our beautiful historic neighborhood which we love and is now listed in the National Registry.

Dear Mr. Netburn:

We are 30 year residents of South Carthay and we

Strenuously Object to this grossly oversized Project.

I served for 8 years as a Publicly Elected Board Member

of the South Carthay Historical Preservation Overlay Zone,

recommended by COUNCILMEMBER PAUL KORETZ (CD5),

and for 6 years as a Publicly Elected Board Member on the

PICO Neighborhood Council, recommended by

COUNCILMEMBER HERB WESSON (CD10).  I am a supporter

of our recently approved Three Carthay Areas to the National

Historic Register.

On the South Carthay border with Pico Blvd. South Carthay and

Carthay Square are experiencing a density explosion as result of

the State Transportation Corridor designation for 6 to 8 story mixed use.

On the North border of Carthay Circle, Wilshire Blvd is experiencing

similar grow of multi-story buildings.

Nothing however compares with a 28 Story Residential Tower Proposed

Project Set for 1050 S. Olympic.  This Project, if approved, will overwhelm

all of South Carthay by: creating a visible light obstruction, casting an afternoon

shadow, altering traffic and parking patterns throughout the neighborhood,

and by noise and vibration destroying the preservation of our entire neighborhood.

Currently the south side of La Cienega between Olympic and Pico is

essentially low rise to a maximum of 4 stories.  This Project would in

and of itself destroy the sanctity of our Historic Neighborhood, the

second oldest HPOZ in the City of Los Angeles.    

PLEASE STOP THIS PROJECT by limiting it to no more than FOUR STORY MIXED USE.

Dear Mr. Netburn,

 

I am writing with comments on the 1050 La Cienega Boulevard Project and its SCEA.

 

I am a homeowner and resident of the South Carthay Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) and the Carthay Neighborhoods Historic District located just east of the project site. I am very concerned about the detrimental effect this project will have on the South Carthay neighborhood.

 

- The impact of the 28-story height and mass of the Project on the adjacent neighborhood is not seriously addressed. In fact, the SCEA claims this would be a benefit to this Historic District:

 

While the SCEA acknowledges (Table 4-1, Cultural Resources) that "Compliance with SCAG mitigation applies,” the proposed plan takes a very limited view of what mitigations could be applied, and claims that any mitigations would only be applied during the construction phase. It does not acknowledge that the project itself would, as referred to in Impact 3.5-1, "Cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource pursuant to § 15064.5”.

 

SCEA Section 5.V. Cultural Resources, acknowledges . However, the analysis in this section takes the position that as long as buildings in the Carthay HPOZ  or the Carthay Neighborhoods Historic District are not being physically demolished any impact will not be taken into account. The analysis goes on to state (page 5-41):

 

As a comparison, seven tall towers (over 10-stories) were constructed on the south side of Wilshire Boulevard between San Vicente Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in the 1960s through 1980s.

 

Visible throughout the Carthay Neighborhoods Historic District, these towers are most visible near the intersection of Schumacher Drive and along Warner Drive. Despite these seven tall towers, Carthay Circle was adopted as an HPOZ in 1998. While distinct in size, mass, scale and proportion, the towers do not detract from the setting of either the Carthay Circle HPOZ or the Carthay Neighborhoods Historic District such that they were not eligible for designation. Rather, Carthay Circle HPOZ and the Carthay Neighborhoods Historic District have such a distinct setting and feeling that the tall towers on Wilshire Boulevard, adjacent to the historic district and Carthay Circle HPOZ, add to the sense of the neighborhood as a cohesive enclave, distinct from its surroundings. In the same way, the proposed project may also add to the distinct and special feeling of South Carthay HPOZ.

 

The Wilshire buildings referenced here are significantly further away from South Carthay than the project, are not as tall as the 28-story Project, and accordingly have much less of an impact on South Carthay. This analysis states that the Wilshire buildings " add to the sense of the neighborhood as a cohesive enclave” and thus "the proposed project may also add to the distinct and special feeling of South Carthay HPOZ”. Does the developer really claim that constructing tall structures around the historic area will benefit the area? The developer appears to be acknowledging that  the Project will help turn South Carthay into a ghetto surrounded by high walls, and calls this a benefit.

 

- SCEA Section 5.XVII. Transportation does not address impact of the Project on the traffic volume or circulation within South Carthay or on La Cienega Boulevard. The impact of vehicles using South Carthay streets to avoid construction backups on La Cienega, or using South Carthay streets for access to the Project once occupied, are not adequately addressed. 

 

- The SCEA fails to address how overflow parking from the Project will impact South Carthay.

 

- The Project may have an impact on existing or future solar energy installations within South Carthay, but the SCEA does not address this at all. The SCEA does claim, in 5.I Aesthetics, line d. (Page 5-2), that the Project would create a Less Than Significant Impact through the introduction of glare, presumably due to reflections off the building’s east-facing glass surfaces. Anyone looking westward from South Carthay toward the Project during morning hours may see significant glare, as will those houses in the path of reflection from the Project, but the SCEA does not analyze this impact at all. Similarly, the shade cast by the Project, which could have a significant effect on solar energy installations, is not treated at all.

 

In summary, I have serious concerns about the impact of this Project on the South Carthay HPOZ, and these are either not addressed or are inappropriately minimized by the SCEA.

Oliver, 

This email is in reference to 1050 La Cienega Boulevard Project Case Number: ENV-2022-2280-SCEA Related Case Number: DIR-2022-2279-TOC-SPR-VHCA.

 

This is, without question, the most egregious and outrageous project ever proposed in the City of Los Angeles.  Under the Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program Guidelines this project has disregarded all aspects of respectful urban design development.  The TOC is a defacto plan amendment – overwriting density (and height limitations) as it relates to reasonably conceived development.  It is nothing more than a huge pay day for the developer at the expense of the neighbors. To achieve 29 units (10% of entire proposed manifest) of affordable housing, the South Carthay HPOZ (now on the National Register) will have a 332 ft tower that blocks sunlight (disallowing neighbors on Alfred from having solar panels), blocks views and be subjected to constant southbound traffic to the Freeway.  All of this is deemed to be ‘No Impact’ in the Report!  (as it cannot be considered as such under the guidelines!). 

 

There will be substantial impact to the South Carthay neighborhood – especially Alfred Street.  The noise and dirt and dust of construction and the constant construction traffic by trucks and workers will be significant. For months we have already experienced 24-7 noise from the DWP power upgrade for this project on La Cienega. There are nights when the temporary plates over the excavation on the street echo like we are being “carpet bombed.”  I am sure that is just a precursor to what is coming when this project starts.

 

When this project is complete – and our house at 1038 South Alfred no longer receives sunlight in the afternoon – we will be subject to losing our privacy to residents of a towering residential building AND, be subject to numerous cars exiting their driveway north on La Cienega, jamming up the La Cienega/Olympic corner (already an “F” intersection) and speeding down Alfred and/or Orlando to go south to the 10 freeway.

 

The report includes a table (2-8) of “related” projects. All of which are on Wilshire Boulevard (office buildings built mostly in the 1960s and 1970s) and all of which are substantially lower and less dense than the proposed 332 feet (28 stories) of the La Cienega Project.

 

Lastly, Carmel Partners, owner of this project, is the same group that constructed and operates the Cumulus Apt building on La Cienega just south of Jefferson. This project has rents between $4000 and $16,000 PER MONTH.  Affordable?  I think not!  And though that project is not anywhere near residential neighbors that would be impacted, it is an eyesore at best and obviously poor urban design. 

 

This project highly impacts the South Carthay neighborhood and will create a traffic nightmare (more so than now) on La Cienega and Olympic.  It is a travesty and should be completely redesigned.  It is unfortunate that Koretz office would be in support of this in any way.  We can only hope our next councilperson is actually attentive to their constituents.

Dear Mr. Netburn:

 

I am a resident of South Carthay, the neighborhood which abuts this project.  My home is 3 blocks east of the projected development and I have numerous concerns which I do not feel have been addressed appropriately in this report. 

First,  this project has nothing corresponding in height for more than 2 miles south along La Cienega Blvd. or to the north for more than 1/2 a mile.  To the west, the only comparable development would be Century City, which also has large empty spaces between itself and any residential buildings in the area.  This 300 foot tower has less than 10 yards of space between itself and residential properties.

Second, the developer states that construction time for the project would be more than 24 months..  How is construction along a class 1 highway like La Cienega not going to cause tremendous traffic congestion?  They may have on site space for large trucks delivering materials but the back up of traffic in both directions along La Cienega Blvd. will be horrendous.  I would suggest an independent traffic study be obtained and not the biased one which they submitted.  As traffic builds up on main thoroughfares like Pico Blvd. La Cienega Blvd and Crescent Heights Blvd. drivers will be forced to cut through the streets of our neighborhood.

Third is the issue of parking.  For 24 months of construction, where will those workers park or are they going to be bussed en masse by the developer to the site.  They will spill into the nearby residential neighborhoods, much of which does not have restricted parking.

Fourth would be the noise from the construction rising 300 feet into the air.  I currently live 3 blocks directly north of a 7 story development which is currently breaking ground and the noise from that project's excavation is quite audible in my home with the windows shut.  What is the possibility of mitigating noise and vibration the same distance away to the west of my home where the La Cienega project will be?

 

This project needs to be reviewed further by City Planning to address these and other issues which have been raised by our residents.