It was more or less expected that a competitor hotel would sue the City of Los Angeles regarding the environmental clearances given to the Millennium Project in Hollywood. Now a coalition of homeowner groups has joined in the fray, as they also filed a lawsuit against the city that alleges the same thing. Particular scorn has been directed to what opponents believe was a slipshod review of earthquake faults that may run below the proposed project. Caltrans is also contemplating filing a lawsuit should its own concerns of traffic impacts on the 101 Freeway be ignored.
Another similar project, this time in Sherman Oaks, has also come under fire, albeit for different reasons. The proposed Il Villagio Toscano would abut the interchange of the 101 and 405 Freeways at a distance of 35 feet, when the state air quality board usually recommends at least 300 feet for residential developments. Federal air regulators have barely started to permanently monitor pollution stemming from freeways, though potential solutions are uncertain. Critics are concerned that vehicle emissions from the interchange would negatively affect the health of prospective residents. Despite these concerns, the LA City Council approved the project.