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Judge throws out Las Lomas suit

Project would have built 5,500 homes

Posted: December 15, 2008 8:36 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2008 4:55 a.m.

A judge tossed out a lawsuit filed by developers representing the stalled Las Lomas project which would have built 5,500 homes into the hillside on The Old Road.

News of the decision was welcomed by Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith, who led a broad coalition of community members and groups, neighborhood councils, elected officials and environmental advocates who opposed the massive development.

"I am delighted that after six years of fighting this ill-conceived project, it appears to be finally dead," Smith said in a press release Monday. "This victory is a great holiday gift for the community."

The developers proposed building 2 million square feet of commercial space, a 300-room hotel, and more than 5,500 homes in north San Fernando Valley where Interstate 5 and Highway 14 converge.

The site is an environmentally sensitive area that is a huge traffic bottleneck for the region.

In March, Los Angeles City Council voted 10-5 to stop any further work on the Las Lomas project.

After the defeat in Council, the Las Lomas developers sued the city for $100 million and tried to force it to reopen review of the project.

The Judge in the case rejected every aspect of the lawsuit on Friday, effectively ending this last-ditch effort by the developers.

News of the judge's decision comes a day after Palmer stepped down as president of the Las Lomas Land Company, LLC.


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