Roughly 250 people packed the Buena Vista Library Wednesday to stake out positions on a 120-unit residential project proposed for a lot in the Rancho District.
Although the intention of the meeting was to discuss the Rancho District’s future as a whole, most of the speakers at the meeting were there to make clear their opposition to the development. At one point, almost everyone in attendance raised their hands to indicate they were against the project.
Santa Monica-based New Urban West submitted an application in June to build 15 buildings containing a total of 120 one-, two- and three-bedroom townhomes and condos units on the roughly five-acre former General Motors training site.
But the project has found few fans, with residents in the area expressing concerns about increased traffic.
Despite promises by New Urban West to work with the community and closely follow the city’s review process, Burbank Transportation Commission Chairman Paul Dyson, a Rancho resident who also attended the meeting, said the attempt at goodwill wouldn’t be enough.