L.A. City Council Votes Unanimously to Allow Construction on Long-Stalled Hollywood Target

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The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to allow construction of a long-stalled Target shopping center in Hollywood to resume, nearly two years after a judge ordered work halted at the site.

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to alter zoning rules to allow construction to resume on this Target development in Hollywood. A neighborhood opposition group said it would sue to once again halt the project. (Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to alter zoning rules to allow construction to resume on this Target development in Hollywood. A neighborhood opposition group said it would sue to once again halt the project. (Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

On a 13-0 vote, the council revised the planning and zoning rules that govern the Sunset Boulevard site, ensuring that Target's 74-foot-tall retail center would be permitted on the property.

Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. struck down the council's approval of the project in 2014, leaving the three-story structure an empty and partly finished husk. In his decision, Fruin said the council had failed to show Target would suffer an "unnecessary hardship" if it was forced to comply with the city's height rules, which limited shopping centers to no more than 35 feet at that location.

Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who represents part of Hollywood, welcomed Wednesday's vote, saying construction should resume within weeks. But foes of the project, who have been challenging the development since 2008, said they will file another lawsuit — this time arguing that an environmental impact report should have been prepared on the changes to city planning rules.

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