Playa Vista work resumes

DreamWorks construction back on track

Developers of Playa Vista — the site of what might yet be DreamWorks’ future home — resumed grading and other work Tuesday after resolving a disagreement with city officials over building permits.

Workers turned off their bulldozers last Thursday after developer Playa Capital Co. said its representatives and city inspectors did “not see eye-to-eye on exactly what the permits cover.”

The issue is crucial because part of the land is protected by a court order, issued at the behest of environmentalists who fear the development north of Los Angeles Intl. Airport will destroy endangered species and what remains of the Ballona Wetlands.

Playa Capital appears to be treading carefully in the wake of a dispute with DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg over how to bring the studio to the site. In the last week, elected officials and community activists have questioned Playa Capital’s commitment to DreamWorks and to restoring the wetlands.

The developer’s two-page press release announcing the resumption of construction mentioned the proposed studio site — “an innovative, synergistic campus for entertainment, new media and technology companies to locate and prosper” — but made no reference to DreamWorks.

In a separate announcement, Playa Capital said that on Thursday it will dedicate an observation deck overlooking the Ballona Wetlands.

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