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MEDIAN: 400 Object to Plans for Culver Boulevard Strip : 400 Urge Russell to Oppose Culver Boulevard Proposal

September 12, 1985|NANCY GRAHAM | Times Staff Writer

At the close of the meeting, Russell said, "I did not see how they (the developers) could complete housing in that (median) strip. (But) as they have proceeded and talked with experts, they do feel they have a right to put forth their case. There is room in the city procedure for them to do it. They don't have as many people as you do or the ability to project themselves.

"We have to give them a chance to make their statement."

Russell also told the residents that "there has been talk of using Culver Boulevard for light rail (transportation)" but that the possibility was ruled out when neighboring Culver City, which begins at Sawtelle, purchased a portion of the railroad right of way and landscaped it.

Transportation Corridor

"We can't look at it as a rail corridor," Russell said, "but it is a transportation corridor. I don't see using Culver Boulevard in any way that will eliminate that boulevard for transportation.

"That does not leave room for a housing project, but the proponents have to be able to go to the Planning Commission and state their case. I will make mine." Russell was booed when she said, "I can't say what my position will be when it gets to the City Council. . . . There are questions which have been raised by our city attorney and which have not yet been answered."

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