NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY
OF FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
ON THE PROPOSED
FIRESTONE EDUCATION CENTER
TO: Concerned Persons
FROM: Los Angeles Community College District
OFFICIAL NOTICE is hereby given on the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) on the following project under consideration: the Firestone Education Center.
PROJECT LOCATION: 2525 Firestone Boulevard, South Gate CA, 90280 (The northwest corner of the Firestone Boulevard/ Santa Fe Avenue intersection).
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: The proposed project would provide a full service college curriculum including transfer and vocational curriculum, degree programs, certificate programs, and skill set certificates for a maximum student enrollment of 12,000 students. The existing South Gate Educational Center, located at the southeast corner of the Firestone Boulevard/Alameda Street intersection, would be vacated by the college. The proposed project would be implemented in two phases and includes the adaptive re-use of an existing industrial building (Building 1), demolition of Buildings 3 and 4 and the construction of a new building on the project site to create the Firestone Education Center, a satellite campus to ELAC. Phase I would result in the construction of an approximately 136,500-square-foot building, a 1,700-space parking structure, entry drives, a surface parking lot, and a campus plaza. Upon completion, the Phase I campus would be a stand-alone facility, independent of Building 1, which would continue in its use as a warehouse. Also, Building 2, which is currently occupied by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) South Gate Community Adult School, would not be utilized for college uses and would continue to be used by LAUSD in its current condition. Phase II involves the full renovation of Building 1 to become an indoor campus to accommodate up to 12,000 students.
SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS ANTICIPATED: The Final EIR determined that the proposed project would have unavoidable significant impacts. The proposed project would have unavoidable significant impacts on the following: Air Quality (Localized Emissions), Cultural Resources (Historic Resources), Noise (Construction) and Transportation and Traffic (Circulation and Congestion Management Plan). The proposed project would have less-than-significant impacts with mitigation on the following: Aesthetics, Cultural Resources (Archaeological and Paleontological Resources, Human Remains), Geology and Soils, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Land Use and Planning, Noise and Vibration (Ground-borne Vibration), and Utilities and Service Systems. The proposed project would have less-than-significant impacts without mitigation on Population, Housing and Employment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Public Services and Hydrology and Water Quality.
COPIES OF THE FINAL EIR ARE AVAILABLE AT:
East Los Angeles College (at the Library, at G-1 (Room 301), and at Plant Facilities) 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754;
South Gate Educational Center Library, 2340 Firestone Boulevard, South Gate CA 90280; and
District Educational Services Center, 770 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90017.
Document can also be viewed online at www.elac.edu
DATE AND LOCATION OF PUBLIC HEARING: The Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District will conduct a public hearing on the proposed project on the following date and location:
Date: November 2, 2011
Event: Public Hearing conducted at the Board of Trustees Meeting
Location: Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA
NOTE: Pursuant to California Government Code Section 65009(b), if this matter is subsequently challenged in Court, the challenge may be limited to only those issues raised at the Public Hearing for this project, or in written correspondence delivered to the Los Angeles Community College District at, or prior to, the Public Hearing.