The Planning Commission voted late Thursday to recommend council approve the project, which would include the construction of the new medical building at the corner of California Avenue and Willow Street, and the removal of a small footpath and rest area. picnic area north of the project. project.
It requires the city council to approve a change of area as the plot is currently designated as open space. The plot is west of the cemetery and south of Willow Springs Park, but if approved, the site would become neo-industrial.
A city report said the rezoning would correct a “mistake” by the city because the land is privately owned and used as commercial space. The trail and picnic area currently on the land were added by the private owner of the site. The site is not considered a park.
Across California Avenue from the land is the town of Signal Hill, where a number of industrial and commercial buildings are located.
The plot was originally approved for use as parking for an adjacent business in 2017, but planners accidentally zoned it as open space when the the city updated its land use element in 2018.
“We just got it wrong. The line is drawn in the wrong place,” said Christopher Koontz, acting director of development services. “Even if it’s a mistake, the staff can’t correct it. He needs the approval of this body.
Much of the existing parking lot would still be used by the company across California Avenue, with the new medical building being built toward the northern end of the plot, near the intersection of California and 27th Street. . Footpaths would be removed to make way for parking spaces north of the building, according to plans submitted to the city.
The city exempted the project from a full environmental review due to its intended use, and the project is less than 10,000 square feet.
However, the developer will have to follow the tribal resources that might be under the proposed site. The terms of approval for the project include approximately three pages of requirements for a partnership with a Kizh Nation-approved monitor to track the discovery of tribal resources, including burial sites and human remains. If remains are discovered, construction will have to stop while a plan for the relocation of remains or resources is agreed upon by the proponent and the controller.
Long Beach is part of Tongva tribe footprint which once stretched from Palos Verdes to San Bernardino. The proposed project site is a few kilometers northwest of Puvunga, a sacred Tongva site located on the Cal State Long Beach campus.