City Planning Recommends Approval of Caruso Project

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has issued its official recommendation that the City Council approve Caruso Affiliated’s Palisades Village project.

In a Letter of Determination issued on May 12, the CPC recommends the City Council adopt the project’s Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), Specific Plan Amendment and Vesting Zone Change.

Developer Rick Caruso is proposing to build a movie theater, specialty grocer, restaurants, retail, a park, eight apartments and two levels of underground parking on 116,215 square feet on 3.11 acres of land in the heart of the Palisades.

Over 70 locals attended the hearing at Van Nuys City Hall to show their support for the project while attorney John B. Murdock spoke on behalf of resident Jack Allen, who had filed an appeal as a representative of Palisades Preservation Association.

In a 6-0 vote, the CPC denied the appeal and sustained the Deputy Advisory Agency’s approval of the Preliminary Parcel Map.

The next step in the process is a hearing with the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee, which is expected to take place in June.

Caruso has said he hopes to break ground on the project in mid-July.

—FRANCES SHARPE