Home Depot Just Can't Win in LA
Home Depot has been trying to build a Sunlund-Tujunga location for awhile now, but community activism and the LA City Council has put a stop to that, or at least a major delay.
Now, in a suit brought forth by The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust and the University Park Estates Neighborhood Assn., a Home Depot planned for southeastern Long Beach was given a major setback in court yesterday.
The Long Beach City Council had approved the state-required review for a proposed 16.5-acre Home Depot Design Center across Studebaker Road from the 400-acre Los Cerritos Wetlands. Supporters say the project would improve former industrial land and bolster the Long Beach economy. Critics contend that it would exacerbate traffic problems and threaten the largest privately owned coastal marsh in Southern California.
In his ruling, Torribio faulted the environmental [impact] report... for insufficient review of Home Depot's potential effects on the burrowing owl and certain plants, and for not analyzing how the project's lighting and noise could affect the wetlands. He also cited an inadequate review of air quality data. [LA Times]
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