Culver City will prepare a supplemental environmental impact report for the proposed Marina Place shopping mall, but will not have to rescind its overall approval of the project, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge decided last week.
Both sides claimed victory in the first hearing of what could be a long court battle over construction of the 1-million-square-foot mall on Washington Boulevard, where the western tip of Culver City juts into Los Angeles near Marina del Rey.
Culver City Atty. Joseph Pannone said the city had planned to do a supplemental environmental study anyway, and that Judge Kurt J. Lewin's decision to allow the approvals to stand upholds the city's right to establish its own zoning standards.
Debra Bowen, an attorney representing the Venice Town Council, which along with the city of Los Angeles filed suit last September against Culver City contending that the environmental report was inadequate and threatened public access to the beach, said the neighborhood group got what it was asking for in the preparation of a new study.