A large-scale medical and housing complex planned in West Los Angeles has won the backing of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission despite concerns of Westside residents who argue that the project will dramatically impact traffic in the area.
The Planning Commission voted March 11th to approve the Bundy Village and Medical Park project at the northwest corner of Bundy Drive and Olympic Boulevard after requesting a 30-day continuance on the proposal.
Developer Stonebridge Holdings, Inc. is planning to construct a mixed-use project comprised of 385 residential units and 119,838 square feet of retail space on one parcel and 384,735 square feet of medical offices on another parcel at the nearly 12-acre site. Of the total residential units, 146 would be designated for senior housing with 62 units designated as moderate income. A total of 3,395 parking spaces would be provided and nearly 40 percent of the project site would include open and green space.
As a result of the commission’s continuance and community traffic concerns, the developer proposed to reduce the commercial component by 26.7 percent, cutting the anticipated number of vehicle trips by ten percent, as well as to reduce the building height to nine stories. Stonebridge Holdings President Michael Lombardi lauded the commission’s approval following the revisions.
“We are pleased about today’s unanimous city Planning Commission vote to approve the Bundy Village and Medical Park project, an important step toward receiving final approval from the City of Los Angeles,” Lombardi said. “In the months ahead, we look forward to continuing our meaningful discussions with community stakeholders and receiving final approval, so Bundy Village and Medical Park can deliver high quality health care, senior housing and permanent jobs — all of which are needed in West Los Angeles.”
Residents of surrounding communities such as Mar Vista and Santa Monica have challenged the planned housing and medical complex primarily from a traffic standpoint, noting that its environmental impact report indicated that an additional 21,000 daily vehicle trips would be added near the intersection.
The Mar Vista Community Council adopted a motion recommending that the project be downsized after arguing that the thousands of anticipated vehicles would lead to “cut-through” traffic on neighborhood streets. Santa Monica city officials expressed similar concerns saying that 15 intersections in or near the city would be significantly impacted with the Bundy project.
Traffic issues were also at the forefront of a rally held two days prior to the commission approval at the intersection, where local community and business representatives protested what they called an unprecedented amount of gridlock.
City Councilman Bill Rosendahl has said he would like the developer to reduce the traffic effects on the community and scale back the commercial and retail offerings before he could offer his full support.
In addition to proposing to reduce the size of the commercial component, Lombardi said the developer has worked extensively with the California Department of Transportation and the city Department of Transportation to devise traffic mitigation measures.