The city of Los Angeles is gearing up to study how new pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development along the Expo Light Rail corridor will impact traffic and surrounding neighborhoods.
It's starting an environmental impact report on its plan to rezone areas within a 15 minute walk of the five Expo stations from Culver City to Santa Monica. The stations are in Culver City, which is already open, at National and Palms, Exposition and Westwood, Exposition and Sepulveda and Exposition and Bundy.
The goal, according to city planners, is to encourage people to actually take the train by allowing "some increased development intensity near stations" and "improving the configuration and condition of streets to better promote pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular circulation." Other changes will likely include adding public green space and affordable housing.
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The plan does not include the three stations under construction in Santa Monica.
A public meeting to kick off the environmental review of the five stations between Culver City and Santa Monica is at 6 p.m. April 10 in at the IMAN Cultural Center in Palms. Feedback will be taken following a presentation on the project at 6:15 p.m.
The cultural center is at 3376 Motor Ave.
Can't make the meeting but have something to say? Send comments to Lameese Elqura by April 15. They can also be mailed to Elqura at the Department of City Planning, 200 N. Spring St., Room 667, Los Angeles, CA 90012.