Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s attempt to build a Regional Connector has been riddled with lawsuits since plans were first approved. Recently, the owners of Japanese Village Plaza have added another to the pile.
They claim that the construction plans include a stabilization method called grouting, wherein crews would inject concrete into the ground to make up for the settling that will occur after they tunnel through the ground below.
The Japanese Village Plaza owners claim that they were not informed of the concrete injections, which they found out would occur beneath their property without their consent. They filed a complaint in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, along with a request for a temporary restraining order.
A judge denied the owners’ request to stop construction on the project, though there will be an injunction hearing on August 12. The Metro released a statement saying that they had all of the permits and paperwork required, and that they’re confident work on the tunnel will continue as scheduled.
The Regional Connector will be an important addition to the Los Angeles Metro system, as it will connect the city’s Blue, Gold and Expo lines. There will be three new stations along the way: at Second/Hope in Bunker Hill, Second/Broadway in the Historic Core, and First/Central in Little Tokyo. With this new piece of the Metro puzzle, riders can take a single train from Santa Monica and East L.A. to Long Beach and Azusa.
As for the other lawsuits against the Regional Connector, a group of downtown business believed that the construction methods violated the National Environmental Policy Act in how they chose their tunneling method — the Metro didn’t give reasons as to why they rejected construction methods other than the one they intended to use. The judge agreed and ordered the team to file a statement regarding their next step, and the Metro promised to provide more information as to why other methods wouldn’t work.
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