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Homeowners Association Wants to Downsize Major Development

The Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association claims the proposed Il Villaggio Toscano project will have a massive negative impact on traffic. SOHA is urging residents to attend a hearing on the project set for Thursday.

Below is a copy of an alert sent by The Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association to its more than 3,000 members urging them to contact City Councilman Paul Krekorian and the Los Angeles City Planning Department about the 500-unit apartment complex proposed for the corner of Sepulveda Boulevard and Camarillo Street.

The project, proposed by developer M. David Paul, would create an Italian village motif with apartments and retail shops on land just north of the Sherman Oaks Galleria.

The proposal has gone through a number of steps, including an environmental impact report, and various public hearings. On Thursday, the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council's Land Use Committee will hear arguments from both sides of the issue.

To accommodate the large crowd expected for the hearing, it will be held at the Sherman Oaks/East Valley Senior Center at 5520 Van Nuys Boulevard.

(Here is a copy of the alert sent out by the Sherman Oaks Home Owners Association)

DOWNSIZE THE MASSIVE 8-STORY,
500 UNIT APARTMENT COMPLEX
AT SEPULVEDA & CAMARILLO

HELP STOP MASSIVE NEW TRAFFIC IMPACTS ON VENTURA BLVD., SEPULVEDA BLVD. AND LOCAL STREETS

Il Villaggio Toscano* is a massive new development project that is proposed for the corner of Sepulveda Blvd. and Camarillo. This development will add thousands of new car trips per day to this already gridlocked intersection. Community groups, residents, and others across the Valley are contacting Councilman Paul Krekorian and the Los Angeles Department of City Planning to voice their opposition to the project as currently proposed, and to request that the project be downsized to a level at which the traffic impact can be mitigated.

*Il Villaggio Toscano is sometimes spelled, Il Villagio Toscano

This project will be a disaster for commuters traveling the 405/101 freeways, Ventura Blvd. and Sepulveda Blvd.

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QUESTION FROM SHERMAN OAKS PATCH:
Tell us what you think about this development in the comments section below.

Sean McCarthy February 13, 2012 at 07:27 PM
What was at the site of the proposed project? I recall there was a dilapidated office building, apartments and such. This was not pristine farm land and it did formerly create automobile trips. The new reality is that large projects like the Il Villaggio Toscano and the Village in Woodland Hills are being given the green light because the city is broke and they need the Tax Revenue that developed private property will bring. I don't know of a homeowner or a commercial a property owner that will incur the expense to build more than they need with rare exceptions. This is not a CRA area where someone else’s money is being used to finance the project. M. David Paul is smart enough to understand what the market will bear. SOHA needs to get all of its mitigation demands together and work with the developer. Otherwise SOHA will not have a place at the table and it is the local residents, not the people who live up on Mulholland Dr. and Beverly Glenn that suffer.
Mattey's Mom February 13, 2012 at 07:29 PM
What time is the meeting on Thursday at the Senior Center? Will it be devoted specifically to this topic?
Doug Kriegel February 13, 2012 at 09:30 PM
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Donna Rodriguez February 13, 2012 at 09:39 PM
The site is currently used for the Farmers Market. Some weekday mornings it takes 15 minutes to drive Sepulveda from Camarillo to Ventura Blvd. I am a renter in the area, and I believe that adding 500 apartment units to the site will be a traffic disaster. Further, the plan includes retail shops on the first level, but I wouldn't count on the tax revenue from the proposed shops. Look at the Orsini complex on Sunset and Figueroa. None of the retail shops has opened there. They are all empty spaces.
Ellen Vukovich February 13, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Rest assured, SOHA has a place at the table. Yes, the site was once held an office building and homes. After the 1994 earthquake, the office building fell into ruins and was left there until the City Attorney's office and the LAPD had M. David Paul to tear down the building a few years ago. Everyone agrees the property is an eyesore. However, building a large scale project that asks for numerous exceptions to assorted land laws doesn't have to be the only project designed for the site either. A few things to note - the Environmental Impact Report has not been released. SOHA is not the only group opposing the project - we have joined with Encino Property Owners Association and Homeowners of Encino Association (I quess that means even more "elite Board Members" are working on this important project). And, it is true that the city is looking to development as the way to help solve its budgetary problems. However, that is not an acceptable solution given the fact we will be the ones who will live with the impacts (and maybe more empty spaces). Most importantly, this project should be held in abeyance until we find out who are next Councilmember is. Otherwise, that means our entire community has had a project pushed through for political reasons.

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