FOLLOW UP TO JUNE 9TH ZA MEETING
Greeting to all of our supporters,
First, many thanks to all who attended and spoke in opposition to the Belmont Project at today’s Zoning Administrator/Deputy Advisory Agency hearing.
Rather than ruling on the Project today, the Zoning Administrator will keep the record open in order to provide adequate opportunity for all members of the community to express all of their concerns regarding the proposed Project. Therefore, if you were unable to attend the hearing, attended but did not speak, or feel that you were not able to express all of your opposition in the two minutes provided, please write to the Zoning Administrator expressing all of your concerns by 5 pm on Wednesday, June 16:
Email: Dylan.Sittig@lacity.org, and
cc staff for Councilmember Koretz:
There is strength in numbers! It is imperative that the City know and understand the full extent of our concerns and the significant number of people who are opposing this Project.
Your email to the City should state your name, address (or other connection to this neighborhood) and how long you have lived/worked in the area.
You should be expressing your valid concerns to the Project, as proposed, including:
The height of the structure causing shade and shadow and privacy impacts on surrounding residential properties, overwhelming surrounding uses
The increase in traffic that will be caused by both the new eldercare facility and the expansion of the daycare/pre-school facility.
The noise impacts of the new eldercare facility and the expansion of the daycare/pre-school facility.
The lack of enforceability of the Applicant’s suggestion that the expansion of the daycare/pre-school will serve “only siblings” and that it is “anticipated” that traffic will be equally split between Wilshire and Ashton.
And any other concerns you may have!
Please let us know if you have any questions: email@example.com
WHO ARE WE?
We are a community-based coalition registered as a non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation which has organized to stop the proposed Belmont Senior Living project as filed. We are your neighbors who want to see the area grow in a responsible manner.
SAVE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!
STOP DEVELOPER’S GREED!
Our mission is to ensure the proposed development by Belmont Village and the Westwood Presbyterian Church at 10822 Wilshire Blvd. and 10812 Ashton Avenue, adheres to the development policies of the Wilshire-Westwood Scenic Corridor Specific Plan as well as the residential zoning regulations.
Belmont's proposal would set a dangerous precedent for the entire neighborhood.
Westwood Presbyterian Church is offering a 99-year lease to Belmont Senior Living to build a 12-story building (plus 14 feet for infrastructure on the rooftop) surrounding the existing church, which violates the Wilshire-Westwood Scenic Corridor Specific Plan.
Of equal concern is a proposed second structure at 19,567 sq. feet (7,442 sq. ft. is allowed) for the pre-school/administration offices all in a R-1 "residential" zone on the south end of the lot.
The list of additional deviations is listed under “Why You Must support WNSG”
WHERE IS THIS HAPPENING?
Westwood Presbyterian Church at 10822 Wilshire Blvd & 10812 W. Ashton Avenue
In the narrow parking lot just east of the church structure. There will be an entrance off Wilshire Blvd. for resident and guest drop-off, as well as subterranean parking. Exit will be both onto Wilshire and east on Ashton, the residential street on the southeast side of the property.
The main entrance for the proposed pre-school/administration offices and eldercare facilities will be via Ashton Avenue off Malcolm Avenue.
WHY IS THIS AN ISSUE FOR WESTWOOD
If we allow Belmont Village & Westwood Presbyterian Church to break the rules today, then this can happen anywhere in Westwood and the single-family residential areas spanning from Sunset Blvd to Santa Monica Blvd tomorrow.
All of the Westwood area is at risk
IF THIS PROJECT SUCCEEDS
IT SETS A TREACHEROUS PRECEDENT FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD’S FUTURE
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT OUR STREETS?
MORE TRAFFIC, MORE ACCIDENTS!
NOT ENOUGH PARKING ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS!
In order to address parking compliance to provide the appropriate number of spaces, they are requesting fewer spaces in a 3-level subterranean structure and substituting with bike spaces! Additionally, this subterranean parking will be partially located in R-1 Zone
18-wheel dump trucks will enter and exit via Wilshire Blvd approximately every 6 minutes, Monday through Saturday 7:00 am to 4:00 p.m. daily. They will head east on Wilshire to go south on Beverly Glen and then west onto Santa Monica Blvd to access the 405 freeway. So, expect more trucks, more dirt, more noise and industrial traffic on your streets.
HOW WILL IT AFFECT YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE?
BELMONT VILLAGE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
WILSHIRE IS ALREADY ONE OF THE BUSIEST BOULEVARDS IN THE CITY. EACH NEW STRUCTURE ADDS TO THE SOUND AND WIND TUNNEL EFFECT, IMPACTING SAFETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
BELMONT ALREADY OPERATES A BUILDING FOUR BLOCKS FURTHER EAST ON WILSHIRE THAT WAS HELD TO THE SIX STORY LIMIT. BELMONT IS A PRIVATELY HELD TEXAS CORPORATION.
WHY IS OUR MISSION SO IMPORTANT?
This Belmont Project is too large and too intrusive within the residential neighborhood surrounding it. Our voices must be loud and clear: We must not allow Belmont and the church to sneak under existing regulatory radar by using the “eldercare unified permit process” and the “conditional use permit”.
SOME OF BELMONT’S REQUESTED DEVIATIONS
157’ = 12+ stories (and 14 more feet for rooftop infrastructure) in lieu of 75’ = 6 stories
Parking compliance – proposing building 198 parking spaces instead of the 505 parking spaces required for the size of this facility
Subterranean parking garage partially located in R-1 Zoning (single family home)
Set-back reductions – 5 feet between neighboring lots
Second structure proposed, south lot, for church preschool & administration offices within R-1 Zoning (single family residence). 34’ HEIGHT in lieu of the allowed 28’ HEIGHT And floor area of 19,567 sq. ft. in lieu of allowed 7,442 sq. ft.
Waiver of dedication: for Fire Department (public right-of-way)