One of the most valuable pieces of land in the nation, on a per acre basis, is the 16-acre parcel of VA property at the corner of San Vicente and Wilshire in west Los Angeles. The property, worth untold millions, has been the battleground between the Veterans Park Conservancy and veterans over a proposed and approved public park on veterans’ land. Veterans have been demonstrating for over 90 weekends in a row at the ornate corner gate protesting the “National Veterans Park.” The ornate gate remains locked.
The land’s timeless beauty is enchanting but since 1888, the land has been deeded to the America’s military veterans. The battle between the wealthy and the warriors is the subject of one of EnviroReporter.com‘s VA nuclear dump-related investigations. Our first question about the project is ‘where is the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)?’
One Veterans Park Conservancy board member told EnviroReporter.com that public could park their cars on VA property at the adjacent Wadsworth Theatre to use the park. That would certainly have an impact on the VA yet no study or plans for what could be hundreds of automobiles in a day has been done. An EIR would answer questions about parking. An EIR would also address additional traffic at the corner of San Vicente and Wilshire boulevards, where the park entrance awaits being opened. This intersection is one of the busiest in gridlocked West Los Angeles yet no study of this additional traffic burden exists.
Despite these obstacles, local legislators like the park idea. Many veterans don’t and the demonstrations continue.
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