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The Changing Neighborhood! Sherman Oaks Sunkist Building Project

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IMT Capital, the new owners of the iconic Sunkist Building are proposing a Massive Development and Building project.  They are requesting numerous significant variances to current zoning codes affecting the property.  The large numbers involved in this project are sure to change the character of the surrounding neighborhood.

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13645 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

6:15 For social hour

7:00 for meeting

Councilmember David Ryu will be featured at the November Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA) meeting. He will be addressing development projects in the area and the politics of Spot Zone Changes for Developers.
This may be our best chance to let the Councilman know our objections to the Sunkist Icon Project. Councilman Ryu campaigned on promises to control these kinds of mega developments.

Come to Show your support; submit question/comment cards (we can help), wear protest stickers, and let our presence and disapproval of the project be known.
Developers have been handed numerous setbacks recently giving us realistic hope that the community has input into what can be done in our Neighborhood. Grasp this opportunity to be involved. United we can Succeed!!

Draft DEIR Full Report Single File

The DEIR in the form presented by the city and the developer is many cut up sections which make if very difficult to review.  The link below has the whole document in one file.  It is a large document but if you are trying to review it carefully it may make it much easier.  Be cautioned…this does not include the Appendix’s.





PreserveLA Draft Environmental Impact Report Seminar

Thank you to all who attended the meeting on September 8, 2016.  We filled the room with concerned neighbors who had good legitimate questions.  Dr. Williams Guided us thru how these reports are structured, how to read them, and how best to respond so our comments will have weight.

Dr. Williams pointed out the particular difficulties of how this report is structured.  Because this report is so weighty, both in content and bulk it will be most effective for each of us to pick out several sections that are of particular concern to us individually.  Trying to tackle the whole report is an overwhelming task that probably result in frustration.  If we all do our small part and get it turned in to the city we will make a good impact together.

With the deadline extension until September 27, 2016 we have a fair chance to put together our comments.

I will  be posting links to an outline of this presentation.  Dr. Williams has offered his expertise via email for any questions you may have <ctwilliams2012@yahoo.com> .

Your comments can go to SOHA, Or SONC, or our council person to help increase the impact, but Ultimately for them to be official they will need to go to the city department:

Ms. Sarah Molina-Pearson,  City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, 200 North Spring Street, Room 750, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sarar.molina-pearson@lacity.org    213-473-9983

A big thank you to Jay Beeber and PreserveLA for sponsoring and organizing this event.  I hope to personally continue working with him and his orgnaization to effect the changes in this project and other city concerns as well.  Keep looking at this website for continuing updates.

September 8 2016 Meeting

The Deadline for submitting comments regarding the Draft EIR has been changed from the original September 10 until September 27.  This will give us all enough time to prepare our comments after this meeting. Please make it if you can!

Sunkist Building Expansion

Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Workshop, It’s not a foregone conclusion!!



Attendees will learn to write and easily submit to LA City Planning effective comments on DEIRs for development projects such as the ICON Sherman Oaks mega- development.

WHEN:       SEPT. 8TH, 6:30-8:30 PM



RSVP:         REQUIRED PLEASE EMAIL JAY BEEBER if you intend to attend


The Draft EIR has been completed and is available for review and comment.  This is the communities opportunity to shape this progress to be an asset rather than an eyesore.


See the neighbors notification at:


See the complete Draft EIR at:

Draft EIR Link:  www.SunkistBuildingExpansion.com/EIR


For More general information about the project go to:



We need help publicizing this meeting so do whatever you can to get the word out, Email, call, text or even personally visit your neighbors…..or if you are ambitious this flyer can be duplicated for handing out door to door. Just let me know if you are able to help in an way.


Workshop is Paid for by Coalition 2PreserveLA
Sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, 10940 Wilshire  Boulevard, Suite 2000, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Additional information available at ethics.lacity.org



Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Lambasts IMT Icon Project on Sunkist

The IMT, ICON Project Dog and Pony Show made another stop – with different results!

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC), Land Use Committee Meeting 10/8/2014  (October 8, 2014)

Members of the Committe Ronald Ziff – Chair, Alicia Bartley, Tom Capps, Jackie Diamond, Art Fields, Jeff Kalban, Mikie Maloney, Rick Mayer, Sue Steinberg

The IMT, ICON Project Dog and Pony Show made another stop – with different results!

The representatives of IMT were out again in an attempt to demonstrate what a wonderful project they are proposing on the Sunkist Building Site. About 100 people showed to participate in the democratic process.  The pretty renderings came out and the spin doctors did their best to whitewash the effects of the project.

IMT spent about 20 minutes presenting the project and then the public was allowed about 2 minutes each to express their opinions, concerns and thoughts about the project.  About 25 people spoke in total.  Only 1 person had positive comments.

The energized public brought up a wide range of concerns including traffic, parking, density, safety, water usage, waste disposal, construction concerns, height, historical destruction, aesthetics, setbacks, pedestrian access and not the least of which destruction of open space.  (all of these concerns are outlined clearly in other posts on this site).

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The only one will be able to see the Sunkist Building Architecture

LA Daily News and LA Curbed mention Sunkist Building Expansion

Sherman Oaks Sunkist Building Expansion. As we near the deadline for comments on the Draft EIR Scoping we got a good mention in both the LA DAILY NEWS and CURBED LA. It seems that both articles understand the scope of this project and shed a reasonable light.  Unfortunately the Daily News used a quote “The attorney Armbruster states Armbruster said all the proposals being made for the property are consistent with city zoning codes.”  This is factually incorrect as they are asking for at least 5 major zoning changes to build this project. This is the basis for the EIR and is clearly covered in the Initial Study and Notice of EIR.

I have notified them and I trust that they will address the factual inaccuracies.

That being said they both referenced our website: www.SunkistBuildingExpansion.com .  This has created a huge bump in our traffic and I am sure will help to better inform our community.