I was surprised to read your coverage of the hearing concerning the zone change on the block east of La Cienega Boulevard, between Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street, otherwise known as the Beverly Connection (Times, Sept. 3).
My proposed ordinance strictly limits development on this property to what exists there today, and only what exists there today--291,000 square feet. Your coverage suggests that the zone change, if approved, would bestow more development rights to the property owner than he currently has. This is simply not the case.
Your article also suggested that there was broad opposition to my proposal. In fact, proponents of the new ordinance outnumbered the opponents at the public hearing, a fact The Times failed to mention.
The reason for this is simple: The city, at my behest, placed extraordinary conditions limiting development on that property. The Dart Square (Beverly Connection) property has been a two-story commercial building since the late 1940s. Some years ago, when Dart Industries sold the property, the new owners sought to build 1.1 million square feet of high-rise commercial, retail and hotel space on that eight-acre site.