Thursday, May 13, 2010

Menlo Property: Consultant Thinks Wildlife Can't Get Around 2 Freeway

Photo: Diane Edwardson, January 22, 2010. The Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract rises above the 2 Freeway in the background. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

At Tuesday's PLUM hearing of Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's appeal of the City's approval of 120 condo units on the Menlo Property, the consultant who conducted a biological review (paid for by Menlo), stated wildlife can't move between Griffith and Elysian Parks because of the 2 Freeway.

Perhaps he missed the past week's posts on snakes and coyotes.

If wildlife were trapped by the 2 Freeway, then about 100 residents of Corralitas Drive would be trapped too.

Rosebud Ave goes under the 2 Freeway. It is the only way to reach Corralitas Drive by car. Wildlife routinely use Rosebud, under the 2 Freeway, moving between the Corralitas Red Car Property and Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract.

True, neighborhood maps are confusing. The El Pueblo Trail, as marked by horseshoes in the Community Plan map, uses Rosebud to link the Corralitas Red Car Property to the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract and further to Elysian Park.

The Legacy of Failed Development is another argument for promoting wildlife and trail use of these parcels.