Saturday, September 03, 2011

"a century-old eucalyptus tree"

This hundred year old tree is threatened by the proposed development on Catalina Ave.

A 20,840 square foot shopping mall and “eco-friendly” carwash proposed at 901 N. Catalina Avenue has been appealed to the City Council after gaining approval from the Planning Commission two weeks ago.

On Monday Metropolitan Investments, the owners of the neighboring Redondo Beach Information Technology Center, filed a formal notice of appeal that argued that the project’s environmental impacts – including drainage, traffic, and noise issues – had not been appropriately studied. Additionally, the appeal argues that a tree believed to be one of the oldest in the city, a century-old eucalyptus tree that sits astride the equally historic Cannery Row Studios, was not adequately protected by the Planning Commission’s approval.

“We believe additional environmental review is necessary to better understand these environmental issues,” wrote Byung Cho, a representative from Metropolitan Investments, in the appeal letter. “The potential of flooding, noise impacts, traffic impacts and impacts on the tree need to be further analyzed. There are clearly significant unmitigated impacts from the project.”

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