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Vote on Westside condo project may be delayed

June 9, 2009 | 11:24 am

Map200 Los Angeles City Councilman-elect Paul Koretz made progress today in his effort to slow down a high-profile development project in the Westside district he will soon represent.

The council had been expected to approve five large developments in the district represented by Councilman Jack Weiss before he leaves office June 30. But Councilman Ed Reyes said this morning that he will seek to delay a vote on one proposal – a 14-story condominium project planned for 3rd Street and Wetherly Drive near Beverly Hills.

Reyes is chairman of the council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee, which had been scheduled to vote today on the project. After talking to Koretz, Reyes said he would push the vote past July 1, when Koretz is slated to take office.

“I want to give him his chance to do his thing,” Reyes said.

So far, Koretz has ignored other requests to intervene on controversial projects in the 5th District, including the expansion of the Museum of Tolerance and the 219-unit apartment building known as La Brea Gateway.

-- David Zahniser