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Beverly Hills News – Council Study Session Set to Examine Planned Wilshire/Rodeo Purple Line Extension

Posted: Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 4:20 PM

City Staff will be seeking direction on providing a second portal to exit on the North side of the street at the Business Triangle for the Rodeo Drive/Wilshire segment of the Purple Line Extension.

With Metro conducting utility relocation at the La Cienega Portal, the configuration of the next stop near Rodeo Drive is looming ahead and Councilmember Willie Brien wants to examine the options at that location to maximum community benefit.

Already discussing the terminus at La Cienega and putting out feelers for the redesign of the surrounding area, Gold is looking ahead at discussing the future-future of the next stop on the Purple Line.

In 2012 the LA County Metro certified the Final Environmental Impact Report on the project from the existing Wilshire/Western terminus to the Westwood/Veteran’s Hospital. Construction on the first segment, La Cienega Station, is underway. Section 2 is Wilshire/La Cienega to Century City, stopping at Rodeo Drive. 

A Full Funding Grant Agreement with Metro from the President’s budget will allow Section 2 to go forward with construction. 

Metro has submitted plans to use thepublic right-of-way to conduct geotechnical investigations (borings) and field exploration to locate underground utilities.

City staff is reviewing the permit applications. As with La Cienega, it is expected that this agreement will precede a full Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for this segment. Much negotiation will ensue before there is a complete MOA. 

Councilmember Willie Brien has requested an evaluation of a second portal at the Wilshire/Rodeo location. Funding for a second portal at that location, likely to exceed $25 million, would likely b paid with local and private funds. 

In Beverly Hills, Metro identified the Ace Gallery, located at 9430 Wilshire Bouleverd on the southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Reeves Drive as the future Wilshire/Rodeo station. The plan is to use this site and 9383,9393 and 9399 N. Canon Drive for construction staging areas. 

This location provides convenient access to South Beverly Drive, but may create significant pedestrian traffic crossing the busy intersection at Wilshire Blvd. to enter the Business Triangle. 

A design produced by Metro in 2011 for a second portal on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard and adjacent to the 9461 Wilshire Boulevard office building presented a “half-portal” design that would include elevators to Beverly Drive.

The design removes the right turn lane from Beverly Drive to Wilshire Blvd., takes 4-5 metered parking spaces from the street and up to 14 parking spaces on each parking level within the building. However, the development agreement for this property (dated August 18, 2007) includes a provision that the developer provide an easement “for the purpose of providing a portal for a subway station under Wilshire Boulevard.”

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