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"If You Love Gridlock, Don't Come to this Meeting!"
Universal City, CA - Announced last fall, it is supposed to be the Century City of the Valley. And according to a group named The NBC Universal MTA Project Working Group (a coalition of the surrounding community organizations), it will have 1.47 million square feet of new commercial and residential space, office towers (up to 24 stories tall), a 34 story (445 feet tall) condominium & hotel tower.
They also contend that there will be no additional parking for MTA commuters (for the Universal Red Line station), new production and post-production facilities, “supergraphic” or other large scale animated and non-animated signage and the possible “alteration and or removal of non-historic features of the Campo de Cahuenga site” (one of the most historic sites in America and the birthplace of California).
And hey! It will be done all within a whopping three years and it has nothing to do with the planned additions to the NBC Universal property – just across the street. LAist is happy for this project, but we think its true success will be built on the surrounding communities embracing it.
The coalition is spreading the word because they say the City only planned one "scoping" meeting for public input and sent notices only to those within a short distance of the Universal City property. Whether it is true or not about holding one meeting, we think it is good order to spread the word.
Monday, June 25, 2007
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center (Van Nuys City Hall)
6262 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys (at Sylvan Street)
Free parking is available (enter from the ramp on Sylvan Street)
Questions? Call the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce at (818) 761-6594