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Santa Monica looking at new plan for Expo Line maintenance yard

July 14, 2009 |  8:00 pm

The Santa Monica City Council is considering an alternative to building a rail maintenance yard near residences. After the original plan met with protests from neighbors, the city began looking at a proposal to build a mixed-use development between the yard and the neighborhood to create a sound buffer.

The Santa Monica Daily Press has more:

The Exposition Construction Authority is proposing to build a maintenance yard to service the Westside portion of the light rail, which goes from Culver City to Santa Monica, at the old Verizon site on Exposition Boulevard, a plan that's received opposition from residents because the property faces homes in the Pico Neighborhood.

City staff has spent the past few months looking at different locations with the Exposition Construction Authority and has identified an alternative that would involve moving the noisier operations to the other side of Stewart Street, placing it right next to the city yards and farther away from homes, while the storage tracks and train washing facility would be located on the east side of Stewart Street.