A judge has denied a request by an advocacy group to halt construction of a war memorial it claims was being built without proper approvals at a historic site in downtown Los Angeles.

A Superior Court judge denied The City Project's motion for a restraining order Monday, saying construction was far enough along that continuing work would cause no further harm.

The group's lawsuit argues that the memorial alters parts of the El Pueblo site with historic connections to the several of the city's ethnic communities.

City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan says a judge will still consider the lawsuit's request for an environmental review of the 5-foot-high plaster wall bearing names of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

The City Project did not return a message.