The City Council rejected environmentalists’ appeals against 18 condo conversion projects today, asserting that the impacts on the community of turning an apartment into a for-sale condo do not warrant a citywide study. In total, 745 proposed condos were included in the appeal.

The activists, Citizens for Responsible Equitable Environmental Development, argue that the conversions affect the surrounding area’s traffic, water quality and parking. Cumulatively, the effects warrant a full environmental impact report before any more condo conversions are carried out, the group argues.

The appeals the council rejected Tuesday will likely be tacked onto the growing list of projects that are before the Superior Court in multiple lawsuits against the city government. City Attorney Mike Aguirre agrees with the environmentalists, but the council has not signed on with any of the settlement proposals he has offered them.


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