The Los Angeles City Council gave Playa Vista’s long-awaited second phase of development the green light Friday, March 26th.

The council voted 12-2 in favor of the proposed 111-acre commercial, retail and residential center called the Village, viewed by many as the centerpiece of the planned community’s long-term vision.

Supporters of Playa Vista cheered the vote, which dismayed local environmental groups and others who oppose the project. The Village was initially approved by the City Council in 2004 but an appellate court decision stalled the development after opponents sued.

City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents Playa Vista, voted against Phase Two, citing an earlier pledge that he made in 2005 not to cast a vote in favor of the Village unless Phase I was completely occupied and traffic impacts were mitigated. Councilman Paul Koretz cast the other vote in opposition.

“I voted with my conscience,” Rosendahl told The Argonaut after hours after the vote. “It’s the hardest decision that I’ve made in my political life.”

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