Friday, October 18, 2013

Neighbors Hate Proposed West LA Mixed-User

11421 Olympic Blvd.  Image from Farhad Ashofteh via WLANC

West Los Angeles, an autocentric place where mixed-use developments were unthinkable just a few years ago, now seems to have them popping up all over the place.  The dust has started to settle over the controversial Casden West LA proposal, but another project also has the neighborhood up in arms.  Owner Daniel Saparzadeh is seeking to turn his land at 11421 Olympic Boulevard into a six-story development known as Olympic and Butler.  The building would contain 88 apartments and approximately 6,000 square feet of ground level commercial space, served by a 150 car subterranean garage.  The design comes from locally based architect Farhad Ashofteh.

Many nearby residents turned up at a West LA Neighborhood Council meeting earlier this month to voice their displeasure with the Olympic and Butler proposal.  The list of complaints includes timeless classics such as increased density, traffic, and public safety.  One audience member also noted that she and over 350 other locals had signed a petition against re-zoning this stretch of Olympic Boulevard.

With such fierce opposition, this one may have to go back to the drawing board.

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