Agoura Hills Mayor Denis Weber hosted a town hall meeting Sept. 26 and gave an update on the city’s planned Cornerstone project at Agoura Village, a retail and multi-family housing development that has come under fire by slow-growth advocates in the city.
Speaking to two dozen residents of the Meadowbrook Senior Living facility in Agoura, Weber discussed plans for the 116,776-square-foot development at Agoura and Cornell roads.
Weber also addressed the road-widening that will occur at the Chesebro Road bridge in Old Agoura.
Of primary concern to the Meadowbrook residents was the unsafe condition of the bridge, which Weber said called “very dangerous.” He said the city is developing plans to expand the bridge and make it pedestrian-friendly.
“The bridge will be expanded by two extra lanes, one each way across the bridge. There will be a lane designated for pedestrians or bicycles, another left-turn lane onto the northbound 101, and a stoplight at the off-ramp on Chesebro.”
The project will be designed by the same architect who created the Lindero Canyon Road overpass in Westlake Village, but artwork on the Chesebro bridge will feature horses instead of sailboats. Weber said he hopes to see the Chesebro bridge completed by 2019.
He also addressed the stalled Cornerstone project. The Agoura Hills City Council voted earlier in the year to start construction, but plans were put on hold after the citizens group, Save the Agoura Cornell Knoll, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging the city misrepresented the environmental impact of the project, which would require the removal of 29 oak trees and a significant portion of the hillside.
“We’re hoping this thing gets settled relatively quickly and we can move on with our plans,” Weber said.
Cornerstone represents only part of Agoura Village, a planned development that would place restaurants, shops and apartments along Agoura Road east of Kanan Road.
The plan has been in development for nearly a decade but has proven unpopular among some residents. Critics worry construction will aggravate the already congested traffic conditions in the area. Others are concerned that the project encroaches on the Santa Monica Mountains and further limits the habitat available for native species. Agoura Hills is considered a gateway city to the Santa Monicas, and critics fear the village development will detract from the area’s rustic charm.
Weber, a longtime advocate for business, said he remains optimistic that Cornerstone and Agoura Village will come to fruition.