Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council (HGNNC) has taken the position that “the Mitigated Negative Declaration is completely inadequate and incomplete and that the over-all proposed Project is incompatible and objectionable in many respects with the location and existing uses.” HGNNC takes this position after extensive review of the proposal and with advice from technical experts. HGNNC cites the major impacts of noise from the large trucks driving in and out of the warehouse facility at night, if 24-hour operation is granted, air pollution impacts to nearby residences, outdoor sports fields, other sensitive uses from more than 338 daily diesel truck trips along Redondo Beach Blvd. from the I-110 freeway, and traffic impacts to all of the intersections along Redondo Beach Blvd. Because the environmental review of the Mitigated Negative Declaration was so superficial and inadequate, the Council seeks a full Environmental Impact Report be completed which would consider alternative to the current project, such as a smaller warehouse project with re-oriented siting which would not so severely impact the outdoor sports fields of Rosecrans Recreation Center, a commercial use similar to the nearby Gateway Crossroads Center, 200 units of affordable housing with public park space, and using the full site as public park space. On January 17, the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Board voted 11-0-0 to approve a position letter regarding the 466, 402 square foot, 54-foot tall warehouse which is proposed to be built at 747-761 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., the northeast corner of Redondo Beach Blvd. and Vermont Avenue on a currently vacant lot.
In recognition of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the California Legislative Black Caucus hosted a 2018 Unsung Heroes Breakfast Celebration and Assembly floor ceremony to honor those who continue to carry on Dr. King’s legacy and vision. This year, Assemblymember Mike A. Gispon honored Pamela Thornton of Harbor Gateway for her work on environmental, health, and economic disparities among people of color.
The AQMD issued a letter on December 19, 2017 expressing concerns that the Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Prologis Warehouse with 24/7 operations on the corner of Vermont and West Redondo Beach Blvd underestimated the amount of truck traffic and potential cancerous effects.
The AQMD estimates 338 diesel truck trips in the 1,659 daily vehicle trips. The Daily Breeze reported that the AQMD proposed the following mitigation steps:
The Planning and Land Use committee will be meeting on Saturday, January 6 to discuss the AQMD findings.
Public comment can be submitted by January 19 to planner firstname.lastname@example.org and copied to email@example.com and the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Planning Commission will hold a hearing February 8, 8:30 am at City Hall.
Read the Daily Breeze Article: Health analysis for large Harbor Gateway warehouse project stirs concerns at air quality agency.
These fires caused an estimated average of six civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $14.8 million in property damage per year. (NFPA 2017)
According to a Local Los Angeles City Fire Department Official, the City of Los Angeles Fire Department receives numerous Christmas Tree Related Fire calls per year.
For this reason, the City of Los Angeles is working on an initiative with the Department of Sanitation where individuals can drop off their old Christmas Trees at eleven Fire Stations throughout the City. The Trees will then be collected by the Department of Sanitation. They will also offer free curbside pickup. While this is commendable, it does come at a cost to Taxpayers in money and service hours.
Following the 4th Annual Free Christmas Tree Giveaway, at which 400 Christmas Trees were given out to members of the community by Active Recycling Company; Sr. Recycling Consultant Errol Segal, says the job is not over!
Active Recycling, a Community Partner and Stakeholder in South Los Angeles for over 40 years, is announcing its Fire Safety 2018 Campaign.
Active Recycling wants members of any community in Los Angeles to bring in their (one only) Christmas Tree and dump it for Free. (no matter if they received it from Active Recycling Co, or not)
As an added bonus, for those wanting to begin 2018 with a Resolution to clean up their yards and garages, Active Recycling is offering them the ability to bring in up to 500 pounds of trash and dump it for Free! (Provided they have not taken advantage of any prior free trash offers)
The program being offered by Active Recycling Company does not come at any cost to Taxpayers.
Fire Safety begins with you and it begins at home. Act now and bring in your highly flammable old Christmas Tree.
Active Recycling wants to be your Community Partner and is dedicated to improving the Safety & Quality of Life in Los Angeles.
The Daily Breeze reported on December 17, that while traffic and air quality studies for the proposed warehouse at the corner of West Redondo Beach Blvd and South Vermont show there would be no significant environmental impact or health concerns, the community is pushing for a full environmental review.
A city hearing is set for Wednesday, December 20, where the mitigated negative declaration could be approved, allowing the project to move forward. Concerned stakeholders should attend the meeting at City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 1020 on Wednesday, December 20, noon.
The article quotes our eight page letter submitted to city planners:
The project should be halved in size or other redevelopment considered, such as up to 200 units of affordable housing on the site along with some much-needed parkland.
The increased level of air pollution and noise pollution will further degrade the existing quality of life for nearby residents, particularly those who live in apartments on the south side of Redondo Beach Boulevard and who already suffer from a high-level of traffic noise…
“We also note that this project has an environmental justice impact for the community, because more than 85 percent of the impacted residents are Latino or African-American, according to recent census data,” the letter added. “Furthermore, air quality issues from the 110 Freeway already impact the local community. The income level of a majority of those living in the apartments along Redondo Beach Boulevard is below the median.”
Community Emergency Response Training classes were held at 135th Street Elementary School from May 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017. The training usually includes seven sessions, but we were able to combine sessions six and seven to speed things up.
We were excited to have 31 residents start the training with us. Ultimately 23 graduated on June 7th. Our classes were taught by firefighter, Officer Randall Opperman. He covered the information needed before, during, and after a disaster, including how to search a building in the dark. He also trained us in how to organize a medical triage.
Residents attending all classes received a green CERT backpack with hard hat, emergency kit, and vest. At the end of graduation, Officer Opperman stated we were his largest class, and fun to teach with great hands on participation.
I want to thank HGNNC for sponsoring this event, CERT LAFD, and a special thank you to board members that attended.
Deborah J. Lee
Community Organization Representative
According to an LA Times article, the City’s Planning and Land Use Committee unanimously declined this proposal as unsafe noting that other residences close to freeways have air filters, but backyards can’t have air filters.
Harbor Gateway North Board Member Rosalie Preston is quoted about the result and fact that Councilmember Buscaino was silent on the project.
Rosalie Preston, who sits on the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council, said she was “ecstatic” with the committee’s decision to reject the proposal. But she voiced unhappiness with Buscaino, who sits on the board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, an agency that frequently objects to freeway-close developments, on the grounds that they would expose occupants to toxic exhaust gases and other harmful pollutants.
“I am disappointed,” Preston said. When the project was discussed in 2012, “his planning deputy was here and worked on behalf of the residents to make a good decision.”
Developer Ali Awad proposed to build 24 houses in a vacant space at the northeast corner of the 110 & 91 freeway interchange five years ago. When his proposal was declined, he restructured his proposal to include 15 houses. Neighbors are concerned about the health hazards, noise and traffic for that project. Others say the health hazards and noise are the same as for everyone else in Harbor Gateway. They further point to the proximity of Da Vinci developments to freeways downtown.
The developer proposes to minimize windows facing the freeway and to include air conditioning systems with high performing air filters. Harbor Gateway Board Member Rosalie Preston expressed concerns that residents will be at risk for pollution when they are out in their yards.
The developer appealed the most recent decision by the planning commission.
The huge open lot on the northeast corner of W. Redondo Beach Blvd and S. Vermont Ave has been the topic of conversation and controversy at the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee meetings on May 6 and May 24.
Prologis, the largest owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate in the US, according to their website, proposes to build a two story, 54’ tall industrial / office space with up to 466,402 square feet of floor space designed for light manufacturing. They own and operate more than 21.1 million square feet in 191 buildings in the Los Angeles area. A tenant has not been announced, but there are suspicions that the facility could be used as an Amazon distribution center. The building is designed to accommodate 72 trucks at one time.
On March 9, 2017 a Conditional Use Permit was requested to allow the facility to operate 24 hours a day. It is not yet known how many trips a day trucks would make to and from the facility during a 24 hour period.
During the HGNNC meetings, Prologis made a presentation about the project and responded to questions. Community members had a lot of concern about increased traffic, noise and air pollution. In particular, the facility would be just south of the Rosecrans Recreation Center and sports fields, which could be negatively impacted by truck exhaust. Representatives from the Gardena City Attorney’s Office and Hustler Casino were both in attendance and sharing their concerns.
W. Redondo Beach Blvd is already congested with traffic from the 110 freeway and drivers leaving the adjacent shopping center with Staples and Goodwill on Orchard St. are frequently involved in accidents at that intersection. Streets in this area could possibly benefit from better traffic light synchronization.
On the positive side, the rendering did make the facility look nice and there is an expectation that the project would have a positive impact on reducing the homeless encampments in the railroad right of way on the north edge of the property.
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council has not taken a position on the proposal as we have not yet received the results of the traffic study or Environmental Impact Report, both of which are expected shortly. However, members of the Council are concerned that the project could be the wrong proposal for this property which has been vacant for many years. HGNNC has not yet heard Councilmember Buscaino take a position on the project either.
HGNNC submitted a letter with our concerns and is keeping a close watch on this property which has the potential to positively impact our community. We invite you to work with us to advocate for the best use of this space.
City Planning Case # for Conditional Use Permit: CPC-2017-1014-CU-ZAA-SPR
City Planning Case # for Environmental Assessment: ENV-2017-1015-EAF
747 W REDONDO BEACH BLVD, 90247