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City, County Officials Still Haggling on Universal Evolution Project; Traffic Remains Key Concern

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There are two major projects that have been in the works for quite some time, and both will have a significant impact on traffic, transit, employment, and recreation in the small neighborhood of Universal City.

County and City officials are still trying to clarify and untangle all the pieces of what NBC Universal is calling their Evolution project, which has a 20-year scope, during which time "the studio plans to redevelop its 391-acre property into an environmentally sustainable theme park, business and entertainment industry hub with more than 2,900 new apartments and condos, 35 acres of open space, a 500-room hotel and a refurbished amphitheater," according to the Daily News.

This is not to be confused, however, with the MTA project, Metro Studio@Lankershim, which is a two-phase transit-oriented development on top of the Universal City Red Line stop that was initially projected to be completed by 2015. Both projects include facilities for use by NBC, residential and retail space, and could wind up creating more traffic hell.