A proposal to build apartments on the railroad right of way down the center of Culver Boulevard has been rejected by a Los Angeles City Council planning committee that overruled approval by the Planning Commission.
The plan to construct an 82-unit apartment complex on a 60-foot-wide median between Inglewood and Sawtelle boulevards was found to be inconsistent with community and transportation plans for the area.
About 45 people urged the committee, during a City Hall hearing, to prevent the developers, Watt/Parker Inc. and Oliver A. Trigg Jr., from building on the median strip. The strip runs between a narrow access road, commonly referred to as "Little Culver Boulevard," on the north and Culver Boulevard on the south.
Traffic Problems Cited
Residents cited traffic congestion and parking problems if the apartments were constructed on the right of way.
"It's like throwing a chunk of meat into an already choking neck," a resident said.
The Palms-Mar Vista-Del Rey Community Plan and the Coastal Transportation Corridor Specific Plan call for Culver Boulevard to be improved into a major highway to alleviate present and future traffic flow problems.