Public Meeting will take Place on January 15, 2009

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — December 15, 2008 — The Port of Los Angeles has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Wilmington Waterfront Project.  The full document can be viewed on the Port’s website at www.portoflosangeles.org and in hard copy at the Port’s Administration Building and local libraries. Public comment will be taken on the project until January 30, 2009. 

The public meeting for this project will take place on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 6pm at the Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 East Water Street, in Wilmington.

The January 15 meeting is part of the DEIR process for the proposed waterfront project.  Port officials will describe the project and inform the public of its potential significant environmental effects, along with potential alternatives. Public comment on the project will be taken and documented for consideration and response in the Final Environmental Impact Report.

The Wilmington Waterfront Project encompasses three distinct areas of development in Wilmington and complements the adjacent Wilmington Buffer Project, which is starting construction along Harry Bridges Boulevard as part of the TraPac Terminal Project:

Avalon Development District

  • Streetscape, sidewalk and utility-provision improvements to support up to 150,000 sq. ft. of light industrial uses
  • Sidewalk and pedestrian-related improvements along Island, Marine and Fries Avenues, Harry Bridges and Avalon Boulevards and C Street
  • Creation of a one-acre park
  • Consideration of adaptive reuse of the historic Bekins Storage property for a Waterfront Red Car Museum

Avalon Waterfront District

  • Creation of a waterfront promenade with multiple viewing piers and floating docks for visiting recreational vessels
  • 12,000 sq. ft. of waterfront restaurant and visitor-serving retail
  • Construction of a landmark 200-foot Observation Tower with a pedestrian ram
  • Creation of a 10-acre Land Bridge with an elevated park
  • Construction of a pedestrian “water” bridge that includes an integrated water feature, open space and improved pedestrian access to the waterfront
  • Street realignments to improve circulation

Waterfront Red Car Line/Multi-Modal California Coastal Trail Extension

  • Analysis on the extension of the existing Waterfront Red Car Line from San Pedro to Wilmington
  • Extension of the bike and walking California Coastal Trail from San Pedro to Wilmington

Anyone who would like to submit comments about the project can do so in person at the public meeting in January, and/or by e-mailing the comments to ceqacomments@portla.org, or by mailing comment letters to the following address by the close of business on January 30, 2009:

                  Dr. Ralph G. Appy
                  Port of Los Angeles
                  425 South Palos Verdes Street
                  San Pedro, CA 90731

Comments sent via email should include the project title in the e-mail’s subject line and a valid mailing address within the email.