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NIMBYs Sue Proposed 731 Unit Hollywood Palladium Development

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Rendering of the Palladium Residences (courtesy of Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects Inc)
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The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles on Thursday, seeking to halt the construction of the proposed Palladium Residences development in Hollywood. As the Daily News reports, the Palladium Residences would add a pair of 350-foot tall, 28-story high-rises to Hollywood’s burgeoning skyline.

If built, the two towers would add a total of 731 units and just about 2,000 parking spaces to Hollywood’s increasingly dense urban core, according to the L.A. Times.

Like past lawsuits against development in Hollywood, AHF’s case against Palladium Residences argues that the city of Los Angeles failed to conduct proper environmental review before approving the project. AHF asserts that both traffic and pollution in Hollywood will get worse if the towers are built, and that L.A. did not consider these factors when they approved the Palladium Residences for construction.

AHF also argues that the proposed development does not fit within the guidelines established by Los Angeles’ planning documents.

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Aside from litigating against this development, AHF is jointly sponsoring the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative (NII) with the Coalition to Preserve L.A. The NII proposes a two-year moratorium on all development in Los Angeles while the city hypothetically retools its zoning and planning code.

Court documents reflect that Robert Silverstein, the long time attorney of various NIMBY groups around Hollywood, will be the litigator in AHF's case against L.A. Silverstein has a very successful record of convincing judges to issue court orders against development, and is responsible for putting the brakes on the Millennium Hollywood development project, the Sunset-Gordon tower, and, of course, Target Husk.

On the flip side, the Los Angeles could stop the lawsuits in their tracts by modifying their parking minimums, and stop requiring dense residential housing to include gobs of parking. After all, a pair of 28-story buildings with 0 parking spaces can’t contribute to traffic and pollution, can they?