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Environmental Compliance Resource Management Hollywood Bowl Performing Arts Complex: Hollywood, California

Since 1998, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. has assisted the County of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LAPA) with the necessary environmental documentation pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in support of improvements and enhancements to the Hollywood Bowl Performing Arts Complex County Regional Park (Bowl).

Initially, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. provided three phases of environmental documentation, including the Categorical Exemption (CE) to allow for ongoing maintenance operation and various facility upgrades that served to support the aesthetic appeal and attraction of the park, the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) to analyze impacts associated with the expansion of the back-of-house facilities for performers and the development of patron facilities, and the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in support of the shell rehabilitation project.

Due to the controversial nature of proposing changes to this historic landmark, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. prepared a Mitigation Monitoring Plan to reduce impacts on air quality, cultural resources, hazards, transportation and circulation, and utilities and service systems to below the level of significance. The firm also recommended and coordinated public scoping meetings and public review meetings to involve the community in the design process and to acknowledge the controversial nature of the project. In addition, the firm provided litigation support to the County in Hollywood Heritage Inc. et al. v. County of Los Angeles et al., a legal challenge of the EIR. The Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and Superior Court found in the County’s favor in all aspects of the litigation.

Over the years, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. also has provided additional technical assistance in support of the Hollywood Bowl Shell Rehabilitation Project and Acoustical Improvements, including the design review of plans and specifications for conformance with the Hollywood Bowl Design Guidelines, MND Addendum preparation, archaeological construction monitoring, and historic resource research and documentation.