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ALL WRITEY!!! A SAMPLING OF YOUR COMMENTS/CRITICISMS/LOVE NOTES/WITTICISMS

"ALL WRITEY!!"

APRIL 24, “BELLFLOWER TRYING TO REDEVELOP ITS ECONOMY WITHOUT RIPPING OUT ITS HEART”

Recently, I have been talking about this issue of the dying (or should I say dead) downtown with a few of my Bellflower friends. It seems like a classic case of they don’t care so we don’t care. Unfortunately this means that when thinking of what to do on a Friday night most Bellflower residents choose to spend their money in the surrounding cities. When I ride my bike downtown and see numerous empty buildings that haven’t been altered in many years it gives the impression that those “in charge” aren’t doing much to move forward and improve. Downtown areas should be the epitome of the city, and it seems like at the moment Bellflower’s is. As you said, it seems to be a city with no heartbeat…but we gotta remember it still has a heart and a lot of potential! My suggestion to the city…talk to the young people! The changes don’t have to be drastic, there just needs to be change…a movie theater, bowling alley, more bars, SOMETHING! Thanks for writing about this problem…a great opportunity to rant (now we just need to get out there and DO something!) / ANONYMOUS

APRIL 26, “SURPRISE! SECOND+PCH EIR REVEALS PLANS FOR AN EVEN-BIGGER MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT AT THE MARKET PLACE”

I had not heard of the Market Place project before, though these “conceptual site plan reviews” come up a lot and never materialize into anything. Keep in mind that these conceptual filings have to be done before a developer can even start an EIR and many times when they find out how much and how involved the EIR process will be, you never hear of the project again. I’ve heard of many of these conceptual reviews over the years and a common thread is how pie-in-the-sky most of them are. I think in this case, that is exactly what the City staff comment from the EIR I posted was saying, albeit in nice EIR legalese. / KEITH H.

 I have to believe that the Baby Huey developers are watching the Second+PCH project VERY closely … to see just what the Second+PCH project is allowed to get away with in beyond existing zoning. Should Second+ PCH project not fly, I imagine that the Baby Huey developers might be reticent to proceed with their project iteration. Then again, Lennar died (primarily) due to traffic concerns, and the Second+PCH team turned right around and proposed a project slated to generate more traffic than Lennar intended (up to 28.8 percent more traffic in certain peak periods). So shows you what I know. / HEATHER ALTMAN

I am shocked – SHOCKED – that the PT failed to mention the Marketplace proposal in its story about the Seaport Marina project. (Actually I’m not shocked at all. For the most part, the PT dutifully reports what city officials want it to report. And reading those darned EIRs sure is hard work.) / LB CANUCK

How about that Tom Dean, eh? / WRONGBEACH

APRIL 29, “SECOND+PCH HAS A PLAN, E-I-R-I-O! AND IN THAT PLAN THERE’S A TALL HOTEL, E-I-R-I-O!”

E I R I Owe You ! / DWIGHT K. SNIDER

 What is the two-story thing on top? My educated guess would be housing for the obstruction beacons which are crucial for marking tall structures that may be a hazard to aircraft. Usually red LED lights—blinking-blinking. / LAURA

 It’s a helipad–taller buildings require one. / RICHARD BLAINE

 Most, if not all, jurisdictions do not count rooftop mechanical equipment, protruding elevator shafts, or utility enclosures towards a building’s height. The windowless box is certainly not a “story” (i.e. habitable space), architecturally speaking. / ANONYMOUS

In an environmental analysis document, when conducting a viewshed analysis and determining potential visual impacts on and off-site, you utilize the height of the entire structure in your impact analysis, not just the portions which represent profitability to the developer. Moreover, a Draft EIR should not raise more questions than it attempts to answer. As a member of the reviewing public, I should not have to speculate. / HEATHER ALTMAN

Maybe it’s the wetlands viewing platform? / GORDANA

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