WILMINGTON, Calif. — March 14, 2008 — The public is invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 that will focus on the Port of Los Angeles’s proposed Wilmington Waterfront Development Project. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 East Water Street, Wilmington.

The project – developed in close collaboration with community residents -- would encompass approximately 58 acres along the Avalon Boulevard corridor and the Waterfront District near Banning’s Landing. It would include plazas, parks and other open space, retail and commercial/industrial development, and a 200-foot-tall observation tower that would offer dramatic views of the harbor.

At the March 25 public scoping meeting -- part of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process for the project – port officials will describe the waterfront project and discuss the scope of the environmental analysis for it. Comments from members of the community on the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft EIR are welcomed and will be considered in preparing the Draft EIR, to be released later this year.

Written comments also will be accepted, and can be sent via e-mail to, or mailed to:

Dr. Ralph Appy, Director, Environmental Management Division
Port of Los Angeles
425 S. Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

The public comment period for the NOP will end April 14, 2008.

All members of the community are encouraged to attend the public scoping meeting and share their comments on the project. Copies of the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report also will be available at the Wilmington and San Pedro branch public libraries; at the Wilmington Waterfront Information Center, 218 E. Anaheim in Wilmington; online at the Port’s Web site,; or by calling (310) 732-3675.

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