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    University Park Estates Homeowners Prez Says It May Make Sense To Study Feasibility Of Gating His Community In Response to Proposed Home Depot-Anchored Comm'l Dev'ment On Studebaker @ Loynes

    (April 11, 2004) -- In response to a proposal to build a commercial development, anchored by a Home Depot, on the east side of Studebaker Rd. at Loynes Dr., and after an April 7 standing room only Environmental Impact Report (EIR) scoping meeting at which speakers raised traffic, noise, pollution and other issues, the president of the University Park Estates homeowners group has told LB City Hall it may make sense to study the feasibility of gating University Park Estates.

    Home Depot meeting, 4/7/04In April 8 comments submitted in connection with City Hall's Notice of (EIR) Preparation, Initial Study and related scoping process, University Park Estates homeowners association president Ben Goldberg wrote in pertinent part:

    When the City is examining issues for the EIR study, it may make sense to study the feasibility of gating University Park Estates. As you know there is a school in the neighborhood, so limited public access would be necessary during normal school hours. I know that if in the remote chance that this project were to move forward, the only way to mitigate the cross through traffic is with a gate. Not to mention the public safety issue to the students in the school and the increased security that would be needed to ensure safety for the kids...

    With over 350 people attending yesterday's [April 7] meeting, we feel confident that the attention of all Council members will be attained immediately. There should be no question in the minds of our City Leaders with the traffic impact to the our East Entrance to Long Beach. We are currently in a crisis situation with the existing land use and traffic pattern.

    In comments emailed to LB's Environmental Planning Officer, Angela Reynolds and made available to by Mr. Goldberg, he indicates that his University Park Estates association and others "are apposed to adding any project that would further impact the traffic issues involving, 2nd/PCH and the iron triangle at 7th, PCH and Bellflower. This in addition to the 7th Street off ramp itself and Studebaker and 2nd Street. Please include these areas in your EIR as well as Loynes/Studebaker and Palo Verde(Vista) and Loynes as well."

    In a separate development, City Hall's Planning & Building Dept's web page indicates that "the comment period [on the EIR Notice of Preparation & Initial Study] has been extended to May 5th, 2004, by close of business."

    Home Depot site, 3/21/04The proposed commercial development would replace a tank farm at 400 Studebaker Rd., south of an existing power plant that will remain. It would include a 7,000 sq. ft. restaurant (plus 2,050 sq. ft. of outdoor eating area), a major 30,000 sq. ft commercial use and a 15,000 sq. ft pad along with a 104,886 sq. ft. Home Depot, plus an adjoining Garden Center of 34,643 sq. ft. 918 parking spaces are proposed on the roughly 16.5 acre site.

    Access to the site is proposed via a new primary entry at the signalized intersection of Studebaker Rd. and Loynes Dr. and by two new secondary entries providing right/in, right/out access from Studebaker Rd.

    City Hall's Dept. of Planning & Building has posted its Notice of (EIR) Preparation and Initial Study on its web pages in pdf form. To view and download the document, click Notice of (EIR) preparation.

    To view the proposed site plan in pdf form, click proposed site plan.

    Further to follow as newsworthy.

    Related coverage:

  • April, 2003: Meeting On Proposed Home Depot Dev'ment (Studebaker/Loynes) Draws Overflow Crowd, Speakers Raise Traffic, Noise, Pollution & Other Issues

  • March, 2003: Tank Farm @ Studebaker/Loynes Proposed As Site Of Home Depot Anchored Comm'l Center

    City Hall says a copy of the Notice of Preparation may also be accessed on its web site at:

    The Notice of Preparation and Initial Study (describing the project and giving City Hall's view of potential environmental effects known to date) are available for public review at LB's Main (101 Pacific), the Bay Shore, El Dorado and Brewitt Libraries, and LB's Planning and Building Dept. at City Hall.

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