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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Caruso Loses Bet in Santa Anita

This from Barney Brantingham at The Indy:

Caruso’s Other Project: Rick Caruso, who is trying mightily to avoid a full environmental impact report on his Miramar project, has suffered a blow to his Santa Anita racetrack area mall. Reason: An L.A. judge has ruled that the mall’s impact report must be revised. The judge found 11 points of contention, ranging from air quality to traffic.

Sound familiar? I guess this guy has something against environmental impacts...

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Anonymous Robinson Caruso was one thing but... said...

Caruso did the same thing in Glendale---bully the decision-makers, threaten to walk, etc--as he is doing here.

And yea, didn't work in Santa Anita once it hit the Judge's desk. Why, oh WHY are we so anxious to bring this toxic kind of developer energy here???? Once Caruso has a foothold in SB out----we'll end up looking like one big "California-esque" mall, complete with Banana Republics on every corner.

7/30/2008 7:13 AM  
Anonymous enrico said...

Why have we been so slow to spot home-grown developers who have bullied their way into owning the city? When Barnwell actually made no more than a peep about solar for the ludicrous St. Francis project, Cottage officials threatened to forget the whole thing, thereby putting everyone on notice not to require anything of them. Do you think it's a coincidence he didn't win? Big time developers have taken over already, paving the way for Caruso to think he's welcome, too.

7/30/2008 8:34 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

OCTOBER 9, 2000 Caruso Inks Playa Vista Deal - Caruso Affiliated Holdings
Los Angeles Business Journal - Officials of the massive Playa Vista project south of Marina del Rey and developer Rick Caruso signed an agreement under which Caruso will plan, design and most likely develop a 300,000-square-foot town center on a 23-acre site at Playa Vista.
The project by Caruso, chief executive of Santa Monica-based Caruso Affiliated Holdings, will be a combination commercial and residential component of Playa Vista's second phase, with construction beginning within 18 months....

7/31/2008 10:15 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

DECEMBER 13, 2007
Playa Vista Is Denied Review Of Ruling That Stopped Construction After The State Supreme Court's Decision

Los Angeles Times

….The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request by Playa Vista to review an appellate court ruling that halted work on the development's final phase. The 2nd District Court of Appeal had found that the project's environmental impact report was flawed…

…In September, the appellate court found that the city's approval of the big, mixed-use development's Phase 2 was based on an environmental review that was "deficient in its analysis of land-use impacts, mitigation of historical archaeological resources and wastewater impacts."

The project's $1.1-billion second and final phase, the Village, calls for 2,600 housing units and 250,000 square feet of office and retail space on 111 acres….

Sabrina Venskus, lead counsel to the environmental groups that challenged Phase 2, said her clients would favor a much scaled-down final phase, with no housing and about 110,000 square feet of retail space. Her clients have recommended that the rest of the property set aside for Phase 2 be converted into a treatment wetland to clean storm runoff before it could reach the Ballona Wetlands and Santa Monica Bay....

(Copyright 2007 Los Angeles Times)

7/31/2008 10:30 AM  

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