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Beverly Hills Community Opposition Building Against Westside Subway

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A closer look at station placements for Century City and Westwood/UCLA.

A closer look at station placements for Century City and Westwood/UCLA.
A Westside Subway Extension proposal to put a station in the middle of Century City has made some Beverly Hills homeowners irate. It's not about having a station two-tenths of a mile further away than originally proposed -- it was to place a station at the edge of Century City -- but about how that station would mean digging underneath their homes.

“We strongly believe that it makes no sense to save somebody the convenience of walking a block to put hundreds of homes and two schools - Beverly Hills High School and Good Shepherd School - in whatever danger there may be," said Ken Goldman, President of the South West Beverly Hills Homeowners Association (SWBHHA), to the Beverly Hills Courier.

Metro recently introduced the new Century City station proposal after public comments steered them that way. Original plans had a station at Santa Monica and Avenue of the Stars, at the edge of the district and abut a golf course. By moving it to the center of the city, two-tenths of a mile to Avenue of the Stars and Constellation, studies showed a boost in ridership and cost effectiveness, meaning there would be more chances of federal funding.

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If that station is approved, Metro would tunnel under McCarty, Linden, Spalding and Lasky drives, according to Beverly Hills Patch, which captured community opposition at this week's meeting on video. If the Santa Monica/Avenue of the Stars station is chosen, then tunneling would go under Santa Monica Boulevard.

Metro representatives say tunneling is safe and that they have held a community meetings that address tunneling concerns. Connecting Century City to Westwood could also mean tunneling under homes.

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