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    West Hollywood City Council Approves San Vicente Blvd Sky Sanctuary Project

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    At a regular West Hollywood City Council meeting on Monday, February 5, 2024, the city voted to move forward with the San Vicente Streetscapes Plaza project on San Vicente Boulevard. The tight three-two vote endorses an ambitious futuristic design aimed at redefining the urban landscape. The proposed overhaul, estimated to cost between $13.5 million and $18 million, is slated to be primarily funded through anticipated grants, according to a city staff report.

    Central to the project is the concept of a “sky sanctuary,” envisioned as an environmentally conscious public space fostering innovation and adaptability. The plan includes a curbless “street shelf” sidewalk, seamlessly integrated with vehicular traffic, and a protected bike lane for enhanced accessibility and safety. Moveable planters will adorn the thoroughfare, facilitating street closures during annual events such as WeHo Pride and other events requiring the closure of San Vicente Boulevard.

    A raised wildlife sanctuary, spanning over the boulevard, will not only provide refuge from urban heat but also serve as a sustainable water management system by capturing stormwater for reuse and irrigation, as detailed in the report.

    Mayor John Erickson and Councilmember John Heilman expressed reservations about the project’s prioritization amidst other pressing municipal needs. Councilmember Heilman raised concerns that the ambitious project brought before the council differed significantly from what was previously discussed and approved. He questioned potential disruptions to vehicular traffic and ongoing Metro line alignment discussions. Erickson advocated for a focus on existing infrastructure projects.

    Councilmember Lauren Meister praised the project as visionary, emphasizing its alignment with the city’s objectives encompassing public safety, mobility, climate action, and biodiversity conservation.

    “I actually think that this is a positive project for the city,” said Councilmember Meister. “I feel like it’s meeting a lot of goals that we keep talking about, and we, you know, talk about talk, the talk, the walk, walk the talk, whatever…public safety, and climate, and resilience, and reducing extreme heat, which is not getting any better, and increasing our biodiversity in the city as well as mobility. I think that this project is something that would put us on the map as a creative city. I think we’d sort of lost that a bit…”

    Vice Mayor Chelsea Byers hailed the project’s innovative approach, underscoring the extensive civic engagement that culminated in its realization. Byers emphasized the project’s dual commitment to addressing climate change while enhancing public amenities.

    In response, Councilmember Sepi Shyne reassured that the council had meticulously addressed these concerns and emphasized the project’s modest financial burden on the city, with the majority of funding sourced from grants. She called the renderings beautiful.

    Councilmember Meister made a motion to direct staff to retain a technical consultant with an estimated cost of $130,000 and increase the budget for the current design and consulting team’s estimated costs to $95,000 from the general fund to complete the required technical study within six months for a July 2024 grant application deadline for the Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Water Infrastructure Grant Program. “I’d also like to direct staff with that motion to work directly with Metro to ensure that we don’t have any issues, any conflicts, or issues that are going to come up later.”

    The motion passed three to two, with Mayor Erickson and Councilmember Heilman voting no.

    The project, expected to take several years to complete, is scheduled to commence construction upon securing grants, with an estimated completion date in 2030.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    S b
    S b
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    5 months ago

    The fact that they built the new community center with an ugly park is beyond me.The grass is awful and it’s not even beautiful. Such a waste of money. And what they did to the mediums with this ugly landscape is insane. The city doesn’t look beautiful and they should really require boys town businesses to power wash the front of their establishments.

    Last edited 5 months ago by S b
    Wrong Timing
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    5 months ago

    If this city was in the place it was 10-15 years ago, economically and safety-wise, I’d love this project. It’s innovative and reminds me of NYC’s uber-successful Highline. That being said, this concept should rank far below much more pressing and urgent matters West Hollywood is facing today. It saddens me that time and money spent on this lofty, and ultimately inconsequential effort, is not instead being spent on protecting our small businesses and citizens or making this a more affordable, safe and pleasant place to live and work.

    Jonathan Gutierrez
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    5 months ago

    It will end up being a $20 million dollar sculpture people drive under and after a few years will just ignore. Waste of millions when other issues aren’t being taken care of or cleaned up

    John Cleese
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    Reply to  Jonathan Gutierrez
    5 months ago

    Let’s hope it never gets built. A waste of money. A neglected vanity piece in a park is an eyesore. Over a roadway it is a hazard.
    Fix the sidewalks.

    Michael Hickland
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    Reply to  Jonathan Gutierrez
    5 months ago

    I agree with you on that mate

    Next stop….
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    5 months ago

    I’d really like to understand how they’re going to move forward with this before the metro final plans are decided. It seems that wherever the metro is built the whole area is dug up and a mess. Since the city has supported a San Vicente route for Metro what would that mean to this project if built prior to the metro coming to the area?

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    Reply to  Next stop….
    5 months ago

    Anyone want to take a bet on how many millions this will go over budget…?

    resident
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    5 months ago

    I’m suspicious of any decision by this council, but if Lauren Meister is onboard it might not be a complete disaster There’s also a huge chance that it will become just another multi-million dollar homeless shelter. They’ll need full time police presence to protect residents, particularly women walking alone.

    Last edited 5 months ago by resident
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