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    Comm'l Center Planned, East of PCH b/w Studebaker & SG River

    (July 26, 2004) -- A commercial center is planned east of Pacific Coast Highway, bounded generally by Studebaker Rd. and the San Gabriel River...and City Hall is holding a public Environmental Impact scoping meeting July 26 (details below) with written comments invited thereafter.

    An official Notice of Preparation of Environmental Impact Report (full document on link below), mailed July 19 and posted on City Hall's web site, indicates that in-fill construction of a commercial center and associated parking lot is planned on approximately 5.5 acres of the 7.05-acre project site.

    As proposed, the project -- called the Marina Shores East Commercial Center -- would include two major structures fronting PCH, the first approximately 38,000 square feet plus a 5,000-square-foot mezzanine, and a second, connected structure approximately 18,000 square feet. Attached to the latter building would be two restaurants, a loading area, and associated access. A second loading dock will be located adjacent to the larger of the two retail structures.

    A parking lot would be constructed off Studebaker Road behind the commercial center: 345 parking stalls for a parking ratio of 4.95 stalls per 1,000 square feet. [illustrations included in document, see below].

    As described in the Notice of Preparation:

    The project site consists of approximately seven acres of vacant, flat land, currently utilized for seasonal events such as a pumpkin patch in the fall and a Christmas tree lot during the holiday season.

    Historic uses of the site include a sanitary landfill, which occupied three acres of the eastern portion of the site. The site was leased from the Bixby Ranch Company in 1960 by City Dump and Salvage, Inc. of Long Beach, California for the purpose of dumping waste. The disposal of liquids and semi-liquids and hazardous wastes was not permitted. The depth of refuse has been determined through test borings and backhoe excavations (Moore and Taber, 1987) to range from 5 feet to 33 feet. City Dump and Salvage ceased operations in early 1961 after filling the landfill to its permitted capacity and providing soil cover for final closure.

    Some local environmental advocates say the vicinity was previously a wetlands and was a Least Tern Nesting Site.

    LB City Hall will receive initial public comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in a forthcoming Environmental Impact Report on the project. The comments can be submitted in writing (details in document below) until August 20, 2004.

    And there will also be public presentation on the project on July 26, 6-8 p.m. at the LB Sea Base Aquatics Center, 4875 Appian Way in the upstairs meeting room. The Aquatics Center is just south of the 2d St. bridge.

    The full detailed document can be viewed on City Hall's Planning Dept. web site at: Marina Shores East Comm'l Center Notice of EIR Preparation. [caveat: 56 pages, pdf file takes time to download via modem]

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