Judge Halts Proposed $1 Billion Millennium Hollywood Skyscraper Project
A judge on Thursday halted a developer’s plan to build two massive skyscrapers in the heart of Hollywood, ruling that the city of Los Angeles failed to fully assess how the $1-billion project would affect the surrounding community.
The Millennium Hollywood project has been strongly backed by city officials but opposed by community groups fearful of traffic congestion and the project’s proximity to the Hollywood earthquake fault. The 39- and 35-story buildings were seen as a centerpiece in the ongoing revitalization of Hollywood.
In a 46-page decision, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant said Los Angeles disregarded the concerns of Caltrans that traffic on the 101 Freeway might significantly worsen with the development.
The ruling prevents the city from granting any building permits for the project based on the city’s prior approvals and prevents Millennium from starting construction. The order directs the City Council to set aside actions approving the final environmental impact report that is necessary for the project to proceed.
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