Target Construction Remains Stopped Awaiting Trial Date

Target, well under construction. Photo: Park LaBrea News.

Target, well under construction. Photo: Park LaBrea News.

EAST HOLLYWOOD—The halted Target construction on Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue will remain at a stand still while both parties wait for a trial date for an appeal filed by Target.

In August of 2014 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. ruled in favor of two community groups—the La Mirada Avenue Neighborhood Association and Citizens Coalition of Los Angeles—ordering Target to pause all construction at the site. The court found that the Los Angeles City Council should not have approved the retailer’s 74-foot-tall structure in an area that limits height to 35 feet.

Target spokesman Erika Winkels said the chain is “taking steps to continue construction at the store site,” but due to pending litigation could not elaborate.

According to Winkels, the store will bring approximately 200 new jobs to the area, in addition to an estimated 75 in construction.

Complaints about the project have included its height, square footage and parking.

Current plans call for a 163,000 square-foot-store with 30,000 square feet of additional retail and food outlets. Residents want the site to have subterranean parking, which, they say, will reduce the project’s height. But Target has claimed installing underground parking would be too costly.

“The current construction plans don’t adhere to the guidelines,” said Robert P. Silverstein, who represents the La Mirada Avenue Neighborhood Association. “We just want the construction plans to be within the guidelines, and keeping with the neighborhoods wishes. We don’t oppose a Target at that location.”

Former area Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, who is now mayor, supported Target’s current plans, as does his successor, Mitch O’Farrell, who has said the development is critical to economic revitalization in the area and would provide much needed jobs.

“This unfortunate series of events throws the project in limbo and that is not good for Hollywood,” said O’Farrell in a statement. “My office is working with the City Attorney, the Mayor’s office, the Dept. of Building and Safety and Target to respond to the court’s orders while balancing the need to keep the project going.”

According to O’Farrell, the location of the Target is one of the most heavily traveled intersections of Hollywood.

“With the completion of the Target complex,” he said, “it will have the vibrant and quality retail that it deserves. Everyone should support that.”

David Lawrence Bell, an attorney who represents Citizens Coalition of Los Angeles, says it’s just a matter of biding time now. All final briefs were filed on March 11th.

“What’s left is to wait on a court date for oral arguments,” he said. “That could be six months to a year from now.”

 

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