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IMT Project Sherman Oaks – Traffic Study

IMT Sherman Oaks Project – Traffic Study Update

Our Sunkist Project committee, along with involved neighbors, continues to meet with IMT (the Sunkist project’s new owner/developers) IMT Sherman Oaks Project as well as with our Councilmember Ryu’s Planning staff.  It appears some progress is being made at revising the design to be more compatible with our neighborhood—but we have a ways to go!  IMT has listened to our concerns and is considering beneficial revisions.

Our goal is to sufficiently mitigate the significant negative impacts this huge development will bring—so that we end up with a development that BENEFITS our community and our quality of life here in Sherman Oaks, rather than detracts from it!    

Soon, we will be meeting with IMT’s Traffic Study creators.  We have significant concerns about the methods used to create the study, and we’re concerned the study’s conclusions are flawed and thereby underestimate the actual traffic impacts the project will bring.  IMT has been conducting their own community outreach and are representing to neighbors that our community should have no concerns about this project.  However, we have studied the proposed project’s plans in depth and we feel differently!  Through meetings with our neighbors, we know that our concerns are also of concern to a large majority of Councilmember Ryu’s Sherman Oaks constituents, especially in areas closer to the Sunkist site. However, without the benefit of proper studies conducted (and corresponding mitigation measures employed), a development this massive will affect nearly all of Sherman Oaks. Continue reading

IMT Project Sherman Oaks moving forward

The IMT Project Sherman Oaks  (formerly known as Sunkist) continues to meet with representatives of IMT as well as Councilman Ryus’ representatives to work towards solutions that will make this an asset to our community.  We met recently with the Architects to speak about our concerns regarding the Mass of the buildings and measures that could be taken to make it look more like the surrounding areas and fit in with the neighborhood.

Changes

IMT was receptive to ideas presented increasing open space that would be visible and accessible to the public as well as ideas to move the building back away from the street to create a street life to bring life to the area.  Ideas were discussed with the architect to improve traffic flow around the property and ingress and egress to the complex.

We have an upcoming meeting with the traffic engineers but some issues were covered in this meeting regarding parking on the property as well as parking in adjacent neighborhoods.

Mitigations

Mitigations can taken to lessen the impact of the project during construction as well as after construction is completed.  The traffic study that was done for the DEIR – IMT Sherman Oaks Project is erroneous and insufficient to illustrate and investigate proper mitigations of Traffic Impacts.

Increased Traffic and parking problems are the number 1 concern of the Sherman Oaks community at large.  The already failing traffic patterns in the area will not be helped by the additional 4,000 car trips per day generated by this project.  The traffic study was done at times that the traffic related to the Sherman Oaks Fashion Square was at its lowest predictable time, the time of day, the days of the week and the time of the month were all such that it generated very low impacts on the surrounding streets of the mall as well as the subject property.

SOHA and other neighbors are insistent that IMT Project Sherman Oaks modify the DEIR with an amended traffic study and proper mitigations.

Resistant

-So far, IMT seems very resistant to the idea of investigating what can be done to make the project have less negative impact on the community.  Without this the already failing traffic patterns will become completely unbearable and unfixable forever.  This is our chance to impact our quality of life.

We will continue to work towards workable permanent solutions to make this project an asset to our community.