Envisioning a Multi-Modal Sunset Junction – Tonight!

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The City of Los Angeles planning department is partnering with
SCAG’s Compass Blueprint to make the Sunset Junction Metro stop more community friendly by increasing bicycle and pedestrian access to the stop. The study will also look at the potential for transit oriented development for the area.

The first community meeting for this project is tonight, so if you have na idea to make Sunset Junction a better place for commuters make sure to stop by the Casa Laguna Community Room at the corner of Sunset and Myra, tonight at 6:30. 

Below are the goals and tactics for the study as taken from the Compass Blueprint website:

Goals:

  • Create full streetscape design the that recognizes the multi-modal character of the intersection
  • Develop designs for a potential transit plaza at the station
  • Explore possibilities of better linking the Redline stations
  • Investigate potential developments and neighborhood improvements in the area

Services Included in the Study:

  • Public workshop and design ‘charrette’ with local stakeholders to explore desires and needs of the community
  • Interviews of individual stakeholders as well as developers to asses needs
  • Property value impact analysis from projects associated with the transit stop
  • Opportunities and Constraint analysis of existing land use and development types
  • Develop building prototypes congruent with local character
  • Tipping point/ROI analysis to estimate necessary rent and taxes on new mixed-use developments

Photos: Compass Blueprint

  • Damien, Thanks for posting about this meeting. I hope anyone who might be interested in this stop by the meeting – if even for a little bit. All are welcome – and the more local/user input, all the better.

  • I’ve got to say, reading this makes me hate planners.

    This information that they will be gathering together shows how insulated they are from the business of property ownership and development. It also shows how they think of “solutions” that sometimes avoid the political hurdles of seeing those solutions enacted.

    The land at Sunset Junction would have been built into multi-story transit oriented complex IF the parking requirements for the land weren’t so high, and IF local parking fees could be raised to calm traffic and improve the streetscape.

    The parcels that surround Sunset Junction are small and expensive. Assembling them and building a large enough development to justify the cost would put the development out of scale with the neighborhood. The reason the development would have to be so large is that parking would have to be installed underground – significantly raising the cost of the development and requiring anyone willing to build to add on two extra floors of building space to justify the expense.

    As a result of the high cost of building on these sites, they have sat undisturbed for many years. The western side of Sunset Junction has the following happening:

    – Dana Hollister’s open pit parking lot
    – Jiffy Lube where a Prop O funded park should be
    – A one story automobile-repair-ready building restricted by code from being an auto-repair building (but stil being used for auto repair)

    – the bright spot of retail flush to the curb (Reform School, etc.) and one of Sed Moses’ bars, both paying rents in the $3/sq.ft (and up) range (which is pricey for this type of retail area)

    Walking across Sunset Junction is a horror, but the LADOT has no inclination to reduce automobile speeds or throughput on these roads. Parking meters are priced cheaply, so there are never any free spots, and parking revenue leaves the area to sit in the Council controlled parking slush fund.

    They don’t need a “plan” – they need a revenue stream and a political coalition.

  • Here’s another suggestion, recessitate the Silver Line Project. Or support a Santa Monica subway that goes from Century City to Sunset Junction and then onto downtown.

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