(3/17/2013, Los Alamitos) You may never have heard of Prologis, but according to their website they are “the leading owner and developer of industrial real estate . . . . and distribution facilities worldwide.”
They already have a massive distribution facility in Buena Park on Knott & Artesia, just south of the 91. From a Google Maps satellite view it appears to encompass five large buildings, one with their name and logo painted across the roof.
That’s one of 75 facilities they operate in California, and of 411 Prologis properties across the US.
Worldwide Prologis is involved with properties with a total of over 550 million square feet of properties.
They also have facilities in Anaheim, Long Beach,
L.A., Carson, Brea, La Mirada & Lake Forest. And they want to build another 725,000 square feet of buildings on 33 acres on Katella between Cottonwood Church and the Marriott Residence in.
At the request of Councilman Richard Murphy, a discussion of the facility is on this Monday’s City Council Agenda as Item 9C.
In the Discussion subsection of his staff report to our Council, Los Alamitos’ Community Development Director makes several interesting points (enumeration and bolding mine):
- Cypress has mailed out a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for this proposed project.
- A NOP is the first step in the process as they study the potential environmental impacts of the 725,000 square foot development.
- The NOP provides the City of Los Alamitos and other agencies the opportunity to request that specific impacts be addressed in the future EIR such as traffic counts at specific intersections.
- An NOP is sent out before traffic, air, and noise studies have been prepared, so analysis of impacts has yet to begin.
- Once the studies are produced and published within the Environmental Impact Report, staff will begin the peer review of the studies.
Residents wanting to address the City Council on this issue should note it’s placement on the agenda.
Even if you want to address it in the initial general Oral Communication time slot (where you have five minutes to speak, rather than the three minutes allowed during the item itself), you should note three presentations that look good for a total of at least 15 minutes precede Oral Communications on the agenda.
Tuesday Prologis “Open House”
From Community Development Director Steven Mendoza’s staff report:
Prolgis, the site developer, will host an open house on Tuesday, March 19,2013 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Former Cypress Golf Course Clubhouse (4921 Katella Avenue).
This open house will give the public an opportunity to drop in any time during the session and view plans and ask questions of Prologis.
It should be noted that the invitation to the Open House that was mailed to residents of New Dutch Haven and Carrier Row incorrectly indicated that the former Golf Course Clubhouse was in Los Alamitos, rather than Cypress. In other words, they probably have a lot to learn about our community, including traffic patterns and concerns.
I can remember off the top of my head at least two fatal accidents involving trucks on Katella between the 605 freeway and the proposed Prologis site. Not to mention the virtual gridlock on Katella already during morning and evening rush hours.
I would hope Prologis would be receptive to community input. And I would hope many community members make the effort to attend.
The life you save could be your own. Or your child or grandchild’s.
Click her for JM Ivler’s post on the project: “Kat’hell’a and Cypress’ gift to Los Al.”
As always, your perspective, diplomatically expressed, is encouraged.