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Proposal to build 13-story tower next to the Grove raises traffic concerns

January 19, 2010 | 11:29 am

A proposal to build a 13-story condo tower across the street from the Grove shopping center is drawing sharp questions about traffic from residents.

Neighborhood stakeholders worry that the proposed tower, pitched by Casden Properties at 6298 W. Third St. (currently home to a Ross Dress for Less), would cause more traffic on already-busy streets and be too tall for the area.

Many also expected the 3.4-acre site to be developed into a senior center, which was reportedly part of a compromise struck with the city after the developer completed the Palazzo Westwood Village.

"Why do they get to put more density, more height on the parcel rather than honor the original agreement to build a lower-density senior center?" said Jeff Jacobberger, chair of the Mid-City West Community Council.

Casden's plan calls for a series of four buildings with 662 parking spaces spread over three parking structures. The buildings, the tallest being 13 stories, would include 75 rental units for low-income seniors.

The remaining 225 units would be sold at market-rate, with 75 of them reserved for seniors. The project was brought to the city's planning department last fall and is currently on hold, awaiting an environmental review that will include a traffic study.

The Mid-City West Community Council's Land Use Committee will hold a preliminary meeting on the project Jan. 27 at 543 N. Fairfax Ave. Casden Properties is expected to present its project and listen to public input.

News of the development was first reported by Curbed L.A.

-- Esmeralda Bermudez