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SUBJECT: OPPOSITION TO - ENV-2020-1512-EIR Weddington Golf & Tennis
Dear Councilmember Raman,
I am writing to oppose Harvard Westlake's proposed development of a sports complex at Weddington Golf and Tennis. Over 100,000 Angelenos enjoy this beloved facility year-round.
This huge project will degrade the integrity and the open space character of Studio City. It will also be detrimental to the quality of life, property values, and limit access to recreational open space.
Harvard-Westlake studies included in the DEIR, do not adequately address the most serious environmental impacts on the surrounding neighborhood, such as traffic and noise during special events and on the entire community of Los Angeles, on the detrimental effect to the adjacent Los Angeles River by polluting the L A River with “Persistent Accumulative Mobile Hazardous Toxic Chemicals” (PFAS) by installing approximately 4 acres of plastic-turf carpeting this sports complex.
The mandatory "alternative plans" suggested in the DEIR are disingenuous and lacking in a realistic effort to offer alternate sites or plans or consider other proposal for the site such as the Natural Park reviewed and approved to recapture and clean 200 acres of dry runoff before discharge into the LA River.
The property is zoned agricultural-open space and requires "special entitlements". Harvard-Westlake must apply for a "Conditional Use Permit". As the only councilmember who has a master's degree in urban planning, it is arguable that you know more about this subject than any other councilmember. Please use your unique skills to speak for and withhold approval to build this project.
We need to...
Weddington Golf and Tennis is a part of the fabric of our community. For over 50 years, this land has provided vital open space and recreational opportunities to thousands of residents, school children and sports enthusiasts from across the region each year.
It must be protected.
Save LA River Open Space (SLAROS) was established in 2004 with the explicit mission to preserve the Weddington property as open space with permanent public access, and to protect it from unwanted development.
Our work continues.
What will happen...
9 hole public golf course - Bull-dozed
Driving Range - Gone
16 Community Tennis Courts limited to 8 courts
200+ Mature Growth Trees - Cut down
Did you know?
In 2017, Weddington was purchased by Harvard-Westlake with plans to repurpose the property into a sports complex to serve the school's athletic objectives. The school’s proposed “Harvard-Westlake River Park Plan” would eliminate golf, cut the number of tennis courts in half (from 16 to 8), and potentially unleash numerous impacts to the environment, to the surrounding neighborhoods and the broader Studio City community. Furthermore, the plan as proposed would strictly limit access to the site, thus depleting an important source of recreational green space available to the public.
HERE IS HOW LA VALLEY IS IMPACTED
POTENTIAL IMPACTS to PUBLIC USE of the WEDDINGTON GOLF and TENNIS SITE.
Harvard-Westlake announced on October 30, 2017 they had agreed to buy the 16-acre Weddington Golf and Tennis property adjacent to the Los Angeles River. Escrow closed in December 2017. The only information available to date is that they intend to build the Harvard-Westlake Community Athletics Center on the site. The extent and usage of the Athletics Center by Harvard-Westlake, as well as any impacts to the open space and public access to the site, remain unknown.
DEVELOPMENT THREATENS FUTURE OF LA RIVER OPEN SPACE
The development of Harvard-Westlake’s Community Athletics Center on the site will require a Conditional Use Permit from the city.
We are a long way from the first city formal hearings on this matter and we will keep everyone informed.
Serious impacts from this proposed development include:
Increased traffic and congestion on already crowded streets
Loss of 8 tennis courts, golf course, & driving range
Loss of best possible site for regional public access to L.A. River and river trails
Loss of important water quality improvement site to address polluted runoff
Obscured views and airflow
Increased urban heating
Main site access would share access with Fire Station
ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
The property is currently zoned Agricultural. Development of this property would require a Conditional Use Permit which would also require L.A. City Council approval.
More information will be posted as it is made available.