Update on LHNA’s appeal of the Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration for 1050 Valencia
On 9/30, the planning commission voted to uphold the Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration for 1050 Valencia based on the fact that the claims in LHNA’s appeal were primarily design issues. However, the commissioners were sympathetic to the issues raised in the appeal, and they were convinced by speaker arguments about the negative impact of the building on our historic neighborhood. Commissioner Antonini commented that even though the planning code allowed for the building to be 55 feet high did not mean that it had to extend to the maximum limit allowed by area zoning.
The neighborhood turnout for our appeal was very strong with about 20 speakers joined by many members of the Marsh Theater. Many powerful arguments were presented about the building’s inappropriateness in the historic neighborhood, about the effects of sound pollution from the roof deck, about the Marsh Theater’s need for parking for handicapped students in their after-school program, and about the general dearth of parking in the area.
The commissioners warned the project sponsor not to return to the planning department for the design phase with the same building and the same amount of neighborhood opposition. This is a win for the LHNA, and we are hopeful that the project sponsor will be encouraged to design a building better suited to our historic neighborhood.