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“Businesses Step Up Fight Against Regional Connector”

Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 6:00 am | Updated: 2:31 pm, Mon Aug 6, 2012.

by Ryan Vaillancourt 

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Thomas Properties Group, one of several Financial District players fighting construction plans for Metro’s $1.3 billion Regional Connector, has filed a motion asking a Superior Court judge to halt the project.

The July 23 filing follows a lawsuit that TPG initiated in June. The prominent landowner, which has notified Metro that it is also preparing a related federal lawsuit, argues that the agency’s plans for the Regional Connector violate California Environmental Quality Act provisions related to construction impacts. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel is suing on similar grounds.

The companies say Metro’s plan to dig a 70-foot-deep trench down Flower Street between Fourth Street and Wilshire Boulevard will have disastrous effects on property values, traffic and, potentially, the structural safety of their buildings in the event of an earthquake. The groups have been lobbying Metro since February to instead use an underground tunnel-boring machine.

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