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Final Environmental Impact Report for Television City Development Released

In yesterday’s story about last week’s community meeting discussing neighbors’ questions about the proposed redevelopment of the historic CBS Television Studios at Beverly and Fairfax, we noted that the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the project would be released “soon.”  Turns out that was very soon – the city Planning Department posted the full report this morning, and the property owners, Hackman Capital Partners, also released a statement about it.

“This is a major step forward in the planning process to ensure that TVC will remain a studio through the modernization and expansion of this iconic but aging production facility,” say the developers in the statement. “With the City’s release of the Final EIR, after nearly three years of review and analysis, we are an important step closer to creating thousands of good-paying entertainment jobs and keeping production and the families that depend on our most identifiable industry here in Los Angeles.”

The statement goes on to say that the document also catalogs and addresses all public comments received since the redevelopment project was proposed:

“The City’s Final EIR includes third-party, independent expert responses to all public comments received and reconfirms the findings in the Draft EIR. The findings demonstrate the Project’s commitment to environmental sustainability as Los Angeles’ first all-electric studio, achieving LEED Gold certification or its equivalent, preserving the existing historic resource on-site, promoting and investing in public transit solutions for employees and visitors, and a commitment to best-in-class, clean construction practices.”

And finally, the developers say Television City will continue to seek feedback on the project as it continues to progress through the city approval process:

“Over the last few years, TVC has reached out to thousands of local residents and sought feedback about the Project through meetings, tours of the studio, open house events, and focus groups. We will continue this dialogue to ensure that this Project is a success for the studio and the community. This community feedback is integral to the process as we move forward and allows us to refine the Project to better serve the Beverly/Fairfax community. These comments and suggestions will be incorporated into the next phase of the Project and shared with the community as we move into public hearings in 2024.”

Of course, neighbors have not had a chance yet to read through the extensive document, but Shelley Wagers, co-chair of the Neighbors for Responsible Television City Development group that held the community meeting last week, told the Buzz today that, “At our recent meeting, the representatives for Hackman answered a lot of questions by saying, “It’s in the EIR. It’s in the EIR.”

Wagers said Hackman consultant Lisa Trifiletti also assured neighbors that the developers are listening to neighbors’ concerns.  So “we’re going to be looking for evidence of that in the EIR,” said Wagers.  “We’ve been saying all along that it’s too big, and the Regional Center designation opens up a Pandora’s box of concerns…so if in fact they have been listening, we want to see evidence of that in the EIR.”

Source : larchmontbuzz.com