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Lincoln Place Tenants Ass'n v. Los Angeles, City of

Citation: 35 ELR 20147
No. Nos. B17279, B174028, (Cal. App. 2d Dist., 07/13/2005)

A court held that a city cannot disregard the mitigating conditions it placed on the demolition of certain buildings in its approval of a redevelopment project without conducting a supplemental California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review. The city claimed that the demolition at issue was not part of the redevelopment project, yet it is beyond dispute that the demolition of the buildings at issue have always been part of the redevelopment plan. Having placed these conditions on the demolition segment of the redevelopment project, the city cannot simply ignore them. The city must therefore vacate and set aside its approval of any application for a demolition permit that does not comply with those conditions until and unless those conditions are modified or deleted following a proper CEQA review. However, the court rejected claims that the original environmental impact report is inadequate in its discussion of the historical and cultural significance of the existing buildings.