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Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell has overturned the city’s approval of Michael Hakim’s 27-story, 269-unit Koreatown apartment development, CatalinaTower. Environmental Justice Collaborative, Friends of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative and LTL Attorneys brought the case against the developer, claiming the city violated CEQA because it did not require the project obtain an environmental impact report. CatalinaTower was a controversial project in the Koreatown market that had been seeking approval for more than a decade. The project was planned on a residential street where most building heights do not exceed three stories. Ultimately, the judge agreed that there was a CEQA violation, overturning the approval. We sat down with Grace Yoo of EJC and LTL attorney Prashanth Chennakesavan to talk about the case and what’s next.

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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