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Millennium Partners thinks CEQA is a drag

Developer is asking for relief from CEQA lawsuits
September 07, 2017 06:00PM

Rendering of Millennium Hollywood (Handel Architects)

Millennium Partners must have heard about Inglewood’s recent attempts to avoid the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The developer of the Millennium Hollywood project has asked that its project receive relief if a newly proposed senate bill passes. That bill, called SB-699, would force CEQA lawsuits to wrap up within nine months.

Developers would be able to apply for relief under the bill if they have a project that costs more than $100 million to build, provides union-level wages for construction workers and meets greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy targets, the Los Angeles Times reported.  

Gov. Jerry Brown would have the final say in which projects qualify for a faster court decision. 

The bill could help speed up Millennium’s Hollywood project, which calls for two towers at least 30-stories tall. 

Millennium was slapped with a CEQA lawsuit in 2015 — leading a judge to halt construction on the mixed-use project. The judge ruled that the city had failed to address safety concerns and impacts on traffic when it approved the project in 2013. [LAT] — Subrina Hudson