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.