Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital was packed tonight with residents, as well as a class of urban planning students, to review information about a proposal to transform the park-like hospital grounds into a giant housing development. Many residents who attended the so-called "scoping meeting" organized by the city's Planning Department said they had expected more details about the project, which includes nearly 900 units of housing, a new hospital and shops.
Residents will have until September 23 to submit comments about what should be reviewed in an upcoming environmental impact report. More details about the proposed project are included in a PDF document.
City staff, consultants and hospital officials were spread out in Williams Hall to handle individual questions about the project as well as the environmental review process. But many residents expressed frustration that there was no presentation summarizing the project and would have preferred to see more details plans, which are still in the early, conceptual stage. "It's just very vague," said Estefan Blanco, who, has lived on a hill overlooking Barlow for more than 40 years. "They are trying to see if it's a hostile vibe."
Blanco and his mother, Echo Park resident Ann Robinson, said hey were mostly concerned about noise generated by roof-top air conditioners as well as traffic coursing through Stadium Way. "Traffic is bad enough with Dodger Stadium" nearby, said Robinson.