The Council's 9 to 2 vote essentially affirmed the approval thatthe Central Area Planning Commission gave the project last month.Locally based Majestic Realty Co. says the business park couldcreate up to 1,000 jobs, but some community activists want to seethe land used for a park, school and affordable housing. A fewenvironmentalists have said the land should be left the way itis.

The site, known simply as "the cornfield" because it resembles agiant ear of corn, is located between North Broadway and NorthSpring Street. Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's economic teamcame up with the idea to develop 32 acres of the cornfield as partof the city's efforts to revitalize certain neighborhoods.Majestic, which has been working on the proposal for about twoyears, would set aside eight additional acres for parkland andother community-related uses.

Despite the City Council's approval of the project, opponentssay they'll go to court next month in another attempt to stopMajestic from building.

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