The following statement was issued this afternoon:
LOS ANGELES – May 25, 2012 – Metro and Thomas Properties Group continue to work closely to address Thomas Properties Group’s concerns with the construction method currently approved for the Regional Connector proposed to run beneath Flower Street in front of the company’s properties in downtown Los Angeles.
Recently Metro has held productive meetings with Thomas Properties Group and the parties are endeavoring to resolve their issues soon. However, any alternate construction method to be undertaken by Metro will require additional technical studies, which will take several additional weeks before an alternate method can be finalized. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires objections to be filed within 30 days of any decisions or approvals. Given this compressed time frame, Thomas Properties Group has filed a lawsuit to preserve its rights under CEQA. Metro is fully aware of this filing and its purpose and has committed to continue to meet with Thomas Properties Group to seek alternate construction methods.
Thomas Properties Group fully supports the Regional Connector as a key component of our public transportation network and the parties are committed to reaching a swift and reasonable resolution of their issues.