Los Angeles developer wants state agency to review its environmental impact report

Black developers refuse to work with De León on $1.6-billion Angels Landing project

The developer of a new $1.6-billion housing development in the westside is seeking to have a state agency review its environmental impact report for potential problems with the project as it moves closer to groundbreaking.

City Administrator Jose Ramirez says his agency is in the process of reviewing the environmental impact report for the Angels Landing development, one of the largest housing developments in Los Angeles, because of the developer’s request to have it done even though that development won’t be built until 2054.

The project is a mixed-use, 30-story residential and commercial building, in which a parking garage would be constructed underground. It would be the third tallest building in Los Angeles and the 13th tallest in California.

In a memo to the City Council last month, Deputy City Administrator Miguel Santana said the city is reviewing the report because the developer is going to challenge aspects of the impact report that would make the development unbuildable.

Ramirez said he’s not surprised by the developer’s decision, saying De León is more interested in raising money than in building the development.

“It’s unfortunate, but I don’t anticipate they’re going to change their strategy,” Ramirez said. “I think they’re just trying to make a lot of money.”

Earlier this month, the developer filed an amended environmental impact report that would delay the project’s groundbreaking in order to have it reviewed by the City Council. The development site is being fenced for security reasons.

The amended EIR was filed after the City Council voted in December to bar construction of the project until the effects of a potential earthquake have been assessed. City staff is in the process of assessing what could happen after the California Institute of Technology issued a report in June warning of the possible seismic hazards of the project.

Santana said the amended EIR was necessary to respond to the issues raised in the earthquake study in the original report.

Santana said he expects the City Council

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