STATEMENT: Ryu on 8150 Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA - Councilmember David Ryu issued the following statement on the proposed project at 8150 Sunset Blvd. which passed unanimously through the City Council today:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 1, 2016


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STATEMENT ON 8150 SUNSET BLVD.


Los Angeles, CA - Councilmember David Ryu issued the following statement on the proposed project at 8150 Sunset Blvd.
which passed unanimously through the City Council today:


“Compromise is never easy, but it’s a core virtue of our city and democracy. When I was sworn in last year, I promised to listen and advocate on behalf of every neighborhood in Council District 4. I want my constituents to know the following: I hear you.


The scale and impact of development is one of the most controversial issues throughout the City of Los Angeles. Many have lost faith in the city’s planning process. My goal is to restore trust in the city, through meaningful community dialogue and participation, by refusing campaign contributions from developers, and by ensuring that our community plans are respected. I fought to the very end for all of you. And while this compromise isn’t perfect, 8150 Sunset Blvd. is a much better project today.


When I took office, this project stood at 234 feet. Today, it will be reduced by nearly a quarter, capping the height of this project at 178 feet. Additionally, the density will be reduced, community benefits will be provided to the adjacent neighborhoods, parking and pedestrian access will be increased, traffic improvements will be implemented, and additional workforce housing units will be provided with increased affordability overall.


Lastly, this project serves as a clear reminder that the city must revise its rules on how the State’s Density Bonus law (SB 1818) is applied. I strongly believe that we are disproportionately incentivizing developers and that this exchange is not equitable for our residents. We must approach future projects that include affordable housing units with more common sense solutions to achieve better results for our city.


As we move forward, I will continue to fight on behalf of our neighborhoods to the best of my ability, every day that I serve in this office.”


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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District. On October 20, 2016 he submitted a letter to the City's Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee urging significant changes to the proposed project at 8150 Sunset Blvd.


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