Burbank officials plan to send a list of qualms they have about a planned NBCUniversal project to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which is slated to vote on the $1.6-billion project early next year.
NBCUniversal’s Evolution project would bring 2.6 million square feet of new studio, retail and hotel development, along with $100 million in roadway and traffic improvements to Los Angeles. While the proposed developments stretch beyond Burbank’s borders, city officials maintain the project will impact quality of life for local residents, traffic flow and police operations.
The studio had originally proposed building nearly 3,000 new residential units, but vehement opposition prompted the studio to ditch the housing component and instead double the number of hotel rooms to 1,000.
The scaling back of the Evolution Plan is expected to reduce daily trips to the site by 9,000 — easing potential traffic impacts on Burbank streets — but local officials still aren’t totally sold.