To: L.A. City Planning Commission
From: Friends of Sunset Park
RE: Bundy Village, Case No. VTT-66732-CN-DB-GB
November 17, 2009
As residents of Sunset Park, the Santa Monica neighborhood bounded by
Pico Blvd. on the north, Centinela Avenue on the east, the south city limit, and Lincoln Blvd. on the west, we strongly oppose the proposal to rezone property northwest of Olympic Blvd. and Bundy in West Los Angeles for the development of the Bundy Village and Medical Park.
The project would include:
å385,000 sq feet of medical space or a hospital (1,857 parking spaces),
20,000 sq ft of retail/commercial space (682 parking spaces), and
385 residential units (737 parking spaces), for a total of 1.3 million sq ft and 3,276 parking spaces. The veloper
estimates that this would increase the average number of daily car trips by 20,073. For those of you who have ever driven through the intersection
of Olympic and Bundy during rush hour, you can imagine the effect of an
additional 20,000 cars on the already severely congested flow of traffic.
In March 2009, the City of Los Angeles, in an effort to reduce existing
congestion on Olympic Blvd., issued the “Initial Study for the Olympic West-Pico East Initiative” to improve traffic flow on Olympicand Pico by providing “continuous peak period curb lanes on both sides of Olympic and Pico on weekdays through (1) re-striping of existing roadways
(without widening), (2) replacement and installation of peak period parking restriction signage, and (3) signal timing modifications of existing
traffic signals to favor travel on westbound Olympic and eastbound Pico.”
In June 2009, the Santa Monica Planning Department sent “Comments on DEIR for Bundy Village and Medical Park Project” to L.A. City Planners, stating that “The City of Santa Monica is deeply concerned about the impacts of this project on Santa Monica streets.”
It found that 15 intersections in Santa Monica would besignificantly impacted, including:
Centinela Avenue I-10 freeway on- and off-ramps Colorado Avenue at Stewart St.
Ocean Park Blvd. at Centinela and 23rd
Olympic Blvd. at Centinela, Stewart, Cloverfield, and 20th
Pico Blvd. at Centinela, 1-10 EB off-ramp (34th St.), Cloverfield, 23rd, & Lincoln
Santa Monica Blvd. at Cloverfield
The city’s comments also included complaints about the methodologies
used and about proposed mitigations that would have a negative impact
on Santa Monica residents.
Pico Blvd. and Ocean Park Blvd. are the only east-west arterials in our
neighborhood, and they are already heavily congested during rush hour
due to commuter traffic to and from:
Santa Monica College on Pico Blvd.,
Santa Monica Business Park on Ocean Park Blvd.,
St. John’s Medical Center on Santa Monica Blvd.,
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center on 15th St., and
the Special Office District on Olympic Blvd. and Colorado Avenue
With UCLA Medical Center in Westwood only a few miles away, and
two major medical centers in Santa Monica, we don’t see the need for
yet another medical center at Bundy and Olympic.
And, we do not wish to suffer the negative traffic impacts in
our neighborhood from such a huge 1.3 million sq ft development.
Board of Directors
Friends of Sunset Park
city-recognized neighborhood organization
P.O. Box 5823
Santa Monica, CA 90409