Monday, December 2, 2019

Civics Lesson: Private Student Housing Complex - Part 5

From the Bruin: The future of a proposed housing project on Hilgard Avenue is uncertain following the sale of an adjacent property by the project developers.* The Agora, a 16-story housing development project proposed in November 2018, aimed to provide affordable housing in a student-centric environment. Since then, some community groups have criticized the project for promising affordable housing, failing to take into account zoning technicalities and potentially devaluing the property of nearby homeowners...

In emails obtained by the Daily Bruin, co-principal developer Theodore Khalili informed the new homeowner Yoko Allen that he and his partner are not proceeding with the 16-story building project. “We have since decided not to proceed with the 16-floor high-rise,” wrote Khalili...

The UCLA Graduate Students Association voted in support of the housing project in late January after Basseri gave a presentation to the council. The Undergraduate Students Association Council declared its support for the project about a month later. Community members from the Westwood Neighborhood Council and the Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association have resisted the Agora because of concerns that it will cause traffic congestion, replace existing affordable housing options and disrupt the community environment...

Full story at
*You can find the beginning of this story at Part 2 is at Part 3 is at Part 4 is at

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