Judge Halts Construction of Hollywood Target Project That Was Spearheaded by Mayor Garcetti

A judge has called for retail giant Target Corp. to stop work on a partly built shopping center in Hollywood, handing a stinging setback to a project championed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Construction on the Target building under construction at Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue in Hollywood was halted in August 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Construction on the Target building under construction at Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue in Hollywood was halted in August 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. sided with two community groups who said in separate lawsuits that the City Council should not have allowed Target to build a 74-foot-tall structure in a location where such projects cannot exceed 35 feet.

In a related order issued last week, the court said the council must invalidate permits for the project and halt “all construction activities.”

Rob Wilcox, spokesman for City Atty. Mike Feuer, said city lawyers are still trying to determine “what further work, if any, can be done” at the Target site.

But attorney Robert P. Silverstein, who represents one of the two plaintiffs, said the construction at Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue should have been halted a week ago. He is now seeking to have the city held in contempt of court for failing to issue a stop-work order.

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