DON'T LET VILLA MARINA TULE WETLANDS BECOME A TOYOTA PARKING LOT

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Marina del Rey Toyota received a City permit to pave over land that is zoned AGRICULTURAL, and to put up an inventory parking lot for 300+ cars, including 70 employee cars.  This lot is roughly five football fields long, bordered on its four sides by Villa Marina townhomes, Mindanao, Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, and the 90 East access road.

Local homeowners and the Ballona Institute have each filed appeals to stop this parking lot, and you can help by signing this petition to support the appeals!!


SAY NO TO:  INCREASED TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN MARINA DEL REY

The intersection of Mindanao at the 90 East access road is already a choke-point of Marina traffic and a dangerous crossing point for pedestrians – it’s about to get worse!  Roughly 145 daily car trips will be added, most at peak hours. Cars leaving the parking lot have to cross three lanes of traffic on Mindanao (including the mandatory right-hand turn lane) to go directly to the 90 West en route to MDR Toyota.  And, we have yet to contend with additional traffic from Trader Joe’s/Pier 44, Cedars-Sinai’s new proposed nine-storey hospital, and new apartments being constructed on Via Marina, Maxella, and Glencoe!

SAY NO TO:  CUTTING DOWN 95 MATURE TREES AND PAVING OVER A NATURAL WETLAND

The plants and foliage on our doorstep are extraordinarily rare and threatened.  If we don’t do anything, they will disappear under an asphalt blanket.  Our urban canopy of 95 mature trees will be lost.  Toyota wants to put up a 9 foot high slumpstone wall, light up their cars at night, and hang advertising banners.  Just look at their Toyota parking lot on the west side of Mindanao!!  Is more of that what we want to see when coming to or leaving our beautiful Marina neighborhood?

SAY NO TO:  LOSS IN HOME VALUES

This parking lot is nothing more than a long-term staging ground for future commercial development that will continue to negatively impact home values.  Putting up a parking lot next to the homes bordering it will surely decrease their value. That has the potential to impact ALL Villa Marina townhomes.  A National Association of Realtors study shows mature trees in high-income neighborhoods can add 10-15% to home values.

There have been some loud voices saying the project should be supported because the wall will prevent homeless from entering Villa Marina property.  This is clearly silly – intruders can enter the Villas from Mindanao, Fiji Way, or the Ballona reserve.  We think many voices have NOT been heard.  WE THINK MANY VOICES NEED TO BE HEARD.

Please add your voice to neighbors, the Ballona Institute, and the Sierra Club by signing this petition.



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