Billion-dollar Warner Center megaproject faces another hurdle

Appeal filed a week after city approved developer Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield stadium portion of massive mixed-use complex

Los Angeles /
Aug.August 06, 2019 03:00 PM
Larry Green, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s EVP for US Development, and a drawing of the planned stadium (Credit: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield)
Larry Green, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s EVP for US Development, and a drawing of the planned stadium (Credit: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield)

The developer of the $1.5-billion megaproject planned for Warner Center is facing another hurdle.

The founder of the community group Coalition for Valley Neighborhoods is appealing the project, concerned the city never required affordable housing units for the development’s massive residential component, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

The redevelopment in Woodland Hills is set to include a 7,500-seat stadium, 1,400 residential units, 244,000 square feet of retail space, 630,000 square feet of office space, and a 570-room hotel.

The appeal from Woodland Hills resident Gina Thornburg came less than two weeks after the developer, French commercial real estate firm Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, won support from city planning officials for the enclosed stadium.

Large developments — and their developers — frequently encounter opposition from neighborhood groups seeking to halt construction. Last month, the Coalition to Preserve L.A. and AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed a lawsuit hoping to halt GPI Companies’ plan to build a residential tower that would replace Amoeba Records in Hollywood.

In a different case in June, the city denied an appeal against Mitsui Fudosan America’s 41-story tower set for Downtown.

While the appeals rarely prevent development, they can also serve to pressure city and elected officials, and to highlight a community concern.

In the case of Warner Center, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield itself has appealed the city’s decision to reduce the number of stadium seats from the originally proposed 15,000, down to what is now 7,500. Larry Green, executive vice president for development for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield said in a statement, “with this appeal, we are simply refining the plan in accordance with the relevant city process.” [Daily News]Gregory Cornfield


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
California Home Builders CEO Shawn Evenhaim and a rendering of the Q De Soto project in Woodland Hills  (Newman Garrison + Partners, IAC)
California Home Builders breaks ground on Q De Soto in Woodland Hills
California Home Builders breaks ground on Q De Soto in Woodland Hills
Douglas Emmett's Jordan Kaplan with 21600 Oxnard Street (Getty, LoopNet)
Douglas Emmett claims Center for Autism owes $4.7M
Douglas Emmett claims Center for Autism owes $4.7M
From left: Pacific Urban Investors’ Alfred Pace and SPI Holdings' Dennis Wong with 5807 Topanga Canyon Boulevard (LinkedIn, Trulia)
Pacific Urban picks up Warner Center complex for $415K per unit
Pacific Urban picks up Warner Center complex for $415K per unit
L.A. Rams owner Stan Kroenke with the Anthem Blue Cross building at 21555 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills (Google Maps, Getty)
Stan Kroenke adds 32-acre Anthem site to Warner Center portfolio
Stan Kroenke adds 32-acre Anthem site to Warner Center portfolio
The Lightstone Group's Gary Leshgold and 6220 Owensmouth Avenue (LinkedIn/Gary Leshgold, ApartmentFinder.com, iStock)
Woodland Hills apartment complex trades for first time in 50 years
Woodland Hills apartment complex trades for first time in 50 years
Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the The Promenade in Woodland Hills (Getty, Downtowngal, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
Valley boys? Rams look to buy defunct mall for practice field
Valley boys? Rams look to buy defunct mall for practice field
21200 Victory Blvd. in Warner Center (Google Maps)
Catalina Yacht plant in Woodland Hills Sold
Catalina Yacht plant in Woodland Hills Sold
NewMark Merrill lands 100K sf shopping center on Central Coast
NewMark Merrill lands 100K sf shopping center on Central Coast
NewMark Merrill lands 100K sf shopping center on Central Coast
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...