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  • Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

    That proposed $3-billion "Evolution" project (NBC Universal Evolution), which will evolve a overhaul on & surrounding areas of Universal Studios Hollywood. That would span up to 12 years in the making, which will sadly shrink the back-lot (no more Jaws attraction or Falls Lake) but expansion of the theme park to renovating/new studio facilities, to even having a housing development of sorts that would be a part of the latest Universal CityWalk 3rd expansion phase.

    As reported from the LA times (NOV5, 2010):

    NBC Universal's ambitious plans for a $3-billion overhaul of Universal City passed a milestone Thursday with the release of the long-awaited city report on how the project might affect neighbors and the surrounding area.

    Much of the study, known as a draft environmental impact report focuses on the traffic that would be generated by adding nearly 3,000 residences to the famed studio property in the San Fernando Valley. The plans also call for the construction of additional studios and offices for producing movies and television shows, as well as a hotel, shops and tourist attractions.

    The 39,000-page report identified noise and solid waste removal during the construction process as the primary negative effects of the development.

    The release of the draft EIR by Los Angeles city planners kicks off a 60-day period for public comment before the report becomes final. Public hearings on the proposed project would begin next year. NBC Universal hopes the hearings lead to approval of the project by 2012, when construction would begin on production and office space.

    It would take 15 to 20 years to build out the entire project, said Thomas Smith, senior vice president in charge of real estate on the West Coast for NBC Universal.

    The company has worked for nearly four years to reach this stage in the approval process, Smith said. The recession reduced demand for new housing, but it didn't squelch the entertainment company's desire to build one of the largest infill real estate developments in Los Angeles history.
    Can read the rest here: Universal City development plan advances - latimes.com

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    Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

    This makes me sad. If they have to wipe out a third of the backlot for some stupid condos, that I'm sure won't sell, I hope they at least move the Bates Motel somewhere else and provide a place for the Terror Tram to go during HHN. If you look on the map, at least they're building a new attraction to make up for Jaws.

    I don't see anywhere on the map where the park will be expanded. Maybe the 146,000 new sq. feet of attractions they're talking about are how much the replacements will total?

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    • #3
      Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

      I think this is fantastic news. I personally found JAWS to be the weakest part of the studio tour. On the other hand it baffles me as to why they are removing Falls lake. That is such an important part of Hollywood history and is still used today. Unless they found someplace else to shoot that is a wide open space.

      I think this will make Universal a MUCH stronger resort. I look forward to any enhancements they make to the struggling park itself.

      Originally posted by Freakazoid112 View Post
      I don't see anywhere on the map where the park will be expanded. Maybe the 146,000 new sq. feet of attractions they're talking about are how much the replacements will total?
      The 146,000 feet of attraction space is currently where the Gibson Amphitheater is. A new (slightly smaller) theater will be built to where it's more easily accessible from CityWalk.

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        Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

        Bates Motel BETTER be back and I don't gwt how if they can make space for condos why we can't have more mazes at Horror Nights? They must have the room.
        Anyway off of that rant it sounds ok, not too excited about this but hopefully only improves that park and the studio.
        Also where on the map does it say they are getting ride of the Gibson and replacing Jaws?
        Happy Halloween!!!

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        • #5
          Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

          If the current neighbors b***h about the noise, what about the people living in the proposed new community?

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            Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

            Originally posted by F!an View Post
            If the current neighbors b***h about the noise, what about the people living in the proposed new community?
            Excellent point. Can't believe they plan on adding more residents to the area.

            Originally posted by Freakazoid112 View Post
            I don't see anywhere on the map where the park will be expanded. Maybe the 146,000 new sq. feet of attractions they're talking about are how much the replacements will total?
            That statistic is pathetic when you translate that into usable theme park real estate. It's nothing.
            InsideUniversal.net - Universal Studios Hollywood.

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            • #7
              Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

              Originally posted by JerrodDRagon View Post
              Also where on the map does it say they are getting ride of the Gibson and replacing Jaws?
              That's been the plan since they first announced the evolution project years ago.

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              • #8
                Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

                Universal and Warner Bros. are the really only studios left in town that have a decent backlots left. Universal being the largest. Other studios had to sell there land a long time ago. It is only because of the studio tour Universal's property wasn't sold off decades ago. Not only is there a lot of historical significance, but as backlot space disappears, it only gives productions more reason to look for other places outside of LA to shoot. While it would be sad to see theme park attractions go, hopefully the production space does not decrease.
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                  Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

                  I'm just having a hard time picturing the Falls Lake and Whisteria Lane go. Almost every time I've been on the Studio Tour (Being an AP holder), I've always seen them filming in those two locations. I just can't picture them throwing away that source of income. Well, once Comcast takes over, we'll see what happens.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

                    ^^^
                    Comcast officially takes over December 1.

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                      Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

                      Originally posted by F!an View Post
                      If the current neighbors b***h about the noise, what about the people living in the proposed new community?
                      Yeah...plus the fact of the all construction going all all day...to me it makes no sense how Water World can get to loud but construction is ok.
                      Happy Halloween!!!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

                        The LATimes (11-23-10) has a report on what's being saved and what's being removed permanently from the Universal Studios theme park and backlot: Universal Studios Hollywood lays out 20-year plan for future theme park attractions - latimes.com

                        Brady MacDonald reports that Terminator 2:3D, the Water World stunt show, the Flintstones amusement area, and the Fear Factor Live stage will be removed. The Jaws lake, the War of the Worlds disaster scene, Wisteria Lane's historic facades, and the Psycho house will be moved to new locations.

                        I'm far from excited about this redo, but at least the incredible "homes" lining what is now known as Wisteria Lane will be moved to a new location.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

                          actually, the article says "proposed 124-acre residential neighborhood would force the demolition or relocation of the Whoville village, the "Curse of the Mummy" revolving tunnel, the "War of the Worlds" plane crash set and the Falls Lake blue screen pond" .. Isn't this just a nice way of saying demolition? Whoville and War of the Worlds I could live without in the future, but that tunnel is like a piece of history to me! Nonetheless, change is a part of life, and this only makes me want to go to the park more and enjoy it while I can, while still looking forward to what the future will bring.
                          Scott
                          www.NothingDiesWithBlueSkies.com

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                          • #14
                            Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

                            Originally posted by lynxwiler View Post
                            The LATimes (11-23-10) has a report on what's being saved and what's being removed permanently from the Universal Studios theme park and backlot: Universal Studios Hollywood lays out 20-year plan for future theme park attractions - latimes.com

                            Brady MacDonald reports that Terminator 2:3D, the Water World stunt show, the Flintstones amusement area, and the Fear Factor Live stage will be removed. The Jaws lake, the War of the Worlds disaster scene, Wisteria Lane's historic facades, and the Psycho house will be moved to new locations.

                            I'm far from excited about this redo, but at least the incredible "homes" lining what is now known as Wisteria Lane will be moved to a new location.
                            This would be the 4th or the 5th time that the Psycho house would be moved? =) I really don't like the whole housing developtment concept but what can we do? Protest? LOL

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                            • #15
                              Re: Universal City releases a new "city report" 4:

                              Water World is going away...boo boo It better have a DAM good replacement, T2 ha run its course but WaterWorld doe not need to be replaced by some 3D movie like Kong was.
                              Happy Halloween!!!

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