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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.

Send an E-Mail Now!  stopilvillagio@sbcglobal.net

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

Scott Killeen February 13, 2012 at 05:17 PM
The power hungry elite board members of the Sherman Oaks Homeowner Association are at it again and again and again... SOHA has been making Sherman Oaks a better place to live since 1964", really? Then why is the Sepulveda & Ventura Blvd intersection already a disaster for commuters? Oh I can hear it now…"if it wasn't for our organization everything would be worse in Sherman Oaks". So one of the last eye sores of a vacant in the Sherman Oaks community is to be built upon but SOHA is hell bent on saving the Sepulveda & Ventura Blvd intersection from more traffic. If a building of 100 units was built, SOHA would find something to complain about, it must be in their blood? All they seem to do is complain about any building project in Sherman Oaks and sue the city of Los Angeles or a developer if they don't get their way, oh I forgot and SOHA plants trees on Ventura Bvld. Heck I'm complaining about SOHA so much I might qualify to be a SOHA board member some day... Can anyone guess how many times SOHA has sued the city of Los Angeles? How much money do you think SOHA has cost this city using your tax dollar for their elite board to say they are saving Sherman Oaks? I wonder what the cost is using your tax dollars for the recent "Great Wall of Sherman Oaks" fiasco? Are people aware of the inside connections SOHA's elite board members have with downtown politics? Build the building let people live in Sherman Oaks and support the local shops! Valley Dogg
Allan February 13, 2012 at 05:27 PM
And if I'm not sure they also opposed Best Buy. But Scott it is a lovely vacant lot. I am not a resident of Sherman Oaks, but I certainly spend enough time driving by that lot and I can tell you that a nice multi use project would certainly look better than it does now.
Lewis Wakeland February 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Some things to note, If the project followed the city approved zoning plans, many of these hearings could have been avoided, but instead, it has to be bigger. The EIR proposes delaying the construction traffic till 7 ish in the morning. Remember to be friendly to those trucks as they join us on Sepulveda. None of the traffic mitigation funds will go to fix Ventura and Sepulveda there is nothing that can be done to help it (except maybe add another 600 car trips to it)
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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