Alhambra residents file appeal against Lowe’s development

A group of Alhambra residents has filed an appeal against a recent planning commission decision to build a Lowe’s on Fremont Avenue.

Twenty-three people listed themselves on the appeal, dated January 19, 2017. They claimed that the planning commission had neglected to answer certain questions posed to them during the public comment period, that there was “a lack of safety analysis” in the development’s traffic report and that the space on Fremont Avenue where the development will be built isn’t properly zoned for a retail store.

In the appeal, residents also claimed that the planning commission hadn’t properly disclosed other information about the location where the Lowe’s will go, including that the Alhambra complex across the street was zoned for the construction of residential units, which the appellants contended would –along with the new Lowe’s–add to traffic if followed through on.

During the January 17 planning commission meeting, commissioners approved the project under the condition that Meridian Avenue behind the Lowe’s site be closed to cars, in order to decrease traffic impacts. The appeal claims that this measure necessitates a new traffic analysis, claiming that “project traffic will now be diverted onto Fremont and alter traffic impacts and patterns.”

Alhambra’s city council will hear the appeal at a to-be-determined date.

5 thoughts on “Alhambra residents file appeal against Lowe’s development”

  1. Won’t closing off Meridian be counter productive since there are businesses on that street.

  2. I am glad that the community has decided to take a stand on how City Hall operates regarding development in Alhambra. It is very sad that it has come to the point that community members have to shell out $1,000 to police city hall and file an appeal on an inappropriate development project that will likely be passed anyway by a city council that has received very generous donations from the developer of this project (Charles Company). No one buys the empty rhetoric that large campaign contributions from moneyed interests don’t taint the judgment of elected officials. They are legal bribes, pure and simple. And the city council members who did get money from the Charles Company know very well that if they do not vote to move this development forward they will not receive the support of the Charles company, or other developers for that matter, in the future. If the city council votes this project through without first addressing the concerns of the flawed environmental and traffic studies then
    all the pretty talk about smart, sustainable development in the recent city council election was all just a ruse (what a surprise).

  3. Our city has failed to represent us with this development by allowing the Charles Company to present a flawed study and traffic analysis. Except for the Commissioners Hozokawa and Maza (no vote), the rest of the planning commissioners failed us by not asking any questions that challenged the developer’s presentation. I think it was clear from the residents that spoke at the planning commission meeting that developing this land was not the issue, but doing it properly with a full Environmental Impact Report was critical. Using a shortcut with bad data is no way to approach such a large development. I applaud the people who put up the $940 to file the appeal. Will the city council fail us and vote this through just like the planning commission? We shall see. ..

  4. Interesting that the Planning Commission is a body made up of our neighbors, who should be protecting the community since I think they also live here, but instead decide against community efforts to try to control overdependent, traffic issues, instead like a puppy dog they simply follow the instructions and wishes of the city council’s agenda to DESTROY the community…and the city council expects us, residents to help them build “the tunnel?” NOT ME!!!

  5. It is disturbing to hear that the planning commission again has failed the community. There are so many red flags in this flawed proposal, and for one am very pleased that an appeal has been filed. There already is too much traffic on Fremont. There is a Home Depot less than a mile from the proposed Lowe’s. No way do we need two, virtually identical home improvement stores in such close proximity. The Ratkovich Company plans to build a large condominium community on the east side of Fremont between Mission and Orange, which will add more traffic. For the Lowe’s project, closing Marengo to through traffic, although possibly beneficial to the Emery Park Elementary School staff, students and parents, but will only exacerbate the traffic congestion on Fremont. No proper environmental impact report has been done (Poway is NOT Alhambra, and that report has no relevance!). I strongly support the appeal and will do my best to attend the city council meeting when it is presented. We are better than this!!!

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