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Northwest San Pedroneighborhood council www.nwsanpedro.org February 27, 2008 Diana Nave President Dr. Spencer D. MacNeil Dan Dixon United States Army Corp of Engineers Vice President Los Angeles District Sanni Wehbe 915 Wilshire Boulevard Treasurer Los Angeles, California 90017-3401 Mary Hamlin Secretary Dr. Ralph Appy Port of Los Angeles 425 S. Palos Verdes Street San Pedro, California 90733 Subject: Notice of Preparation/Notice of Intent San Pedro Waterfront Project Dr. MacNeil and Dr. Appy: The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council (NWSPNC) has consistently supported the redevelopment and improvement of the San Pedro Waterfront area. We have provided comments to the Corp of Engineers and Port of Los Angeles on the Bridge to Breakwater project, participated in the development of the project scope through PCAC for the San Pedro Waterfront, and consistently commented on the main themes related to the development of the waterfront. We are disappointed that more of the themes discussed by this Neighborhood Council and other community groups are not reflected in the San Pedro Waterfront Project Description. Additionally, the NOP should have outlined the entire waterfront project of which this is only one phase. Our general and specific comments related to the San Pedro Waterfront Project as outlined in the December 2006 Notice of Preparation/Notice of Intent (NOP/NOI) and the January 17, 2007 NOP revision are provided ...
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Northwest San Pedro neighborhood council www.nwsan edro.or February 27, 2008 Diana Nave President Dr. Spencer D. MacNeilDan Dixon United States Army Corp of EngineersVice President Los Angeles District Sanni Wehbe 915 Wilshire Boulevard Treasurer Los Angeles, California 900173401 Mary Hamlin Secretary Dr. Ralph Appy Port of Los Angeles 425 S. Palos Verdes Street San Pedro, California 90733 Subject: Noticeof Preparation/Notice of Intent San Pedro Waterfront Project Dr. MacNeil and Dr. Appy: The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council (NWSPNC) has consistently supported the redevelopment and improvement of the San Pedro Waterfront area.We have provided comments to the Corp of Engineers and Port of Los Angeles on the Bridge to Breakwater project, participated in the development of the project scope through PCAC for the San Pedro Waterfront, and consistently commented on the main themes related to the development of the waterfront. We are disappointed that more of the themes discussed by this Neighborhood Council and other community groups are not reflected in the San Pedro Waterfront Project Description. Additionally, the NOP should have outlined the entire waterfront project of which this is only one phase. Our general and specific comments related to the San Pedro Waterfront Project as outlined in the December 2006 Notice of Preparation/Notice of Intent (NOP/NOI) and the January 17, 2007 NOP revision are provided below. Waterfront Development should enhance linkages to downtown San Pedro o Public access via walkways to and along the waterfront should be improved and o extended to create a promenade from the Vincent Thomas Bridge to the Federal Breakwater The scale of any development should not significantly alter the existing o community fabric of San Pedro The Port of Los Angeles’ “No Net Increase” policy should be applied. o
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Northwest San PedroFebruary 27, 2007 Comments to San Pedro Waterfront Projects Notice of Preparation/Notice of Intent Page 2 of 4 It is in this context that we provide the following comments. 1.The creation of Outer Harbor Park with limited commercial amenities in the Outer Harbor Cruise Terminal should be evaluated as a projective alternative. 2.Impacts from the proposed Cabrillo Marina Phase II development should be discussed as part of the EIR/EIS. 3.The EIR/EIS should evaluate alternative berthing locations to accommodate the existing and projected growth of the cruise ship industry. 4.The EIR/EIS should include a detailed evaluation of the risk to cruise ship passengers, employees, and visitors if a catastrophic upset were to occur at the Westways Terminal located atBerths 69 – 72. 5.The Draft EIR/EIS should evaluate potential cruise ship calls at the proposed Outer Harbor Terminal.This evaluation should include an option of occasional use and the expected maximum. 6.All Cruise Ships calling at the port should be required to utilize Alternative Marine Power (AMP).Should equivalents to AMP be considered, any difference between emission reductions from AMP the proposed alternatives should be mitigated through emission reductions elsewhere in the Port. 7.A project alternative based on the removal of Westways terminal and associated rail should be evaluated and compared to the proposed project and other project alternatives. 8.The EIR/EIS should evaluate the feasibility of removing the rail tracks south of the junction of Harbor Boulevard and Sampson Way.The removal of unneeded tracks will remove the storage of rail tank cars with hazardous materials in this area. 9.The project should evaluate and consider parking in the area west of Ports Of Call if all rail lines are removed except for a single rail line to serve Westways and a single rail line to serve the Red Car. 10.The EIR/EIS should evaluate parking structures with roof tops near Sampson Way that are green with vegetation (plants and grass) and can provide activity space, viewing and access from Harbor Boulevard to the Ports of Call area.
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Northwest San PedroFebruary 27, 2007 Comments to San Pedro Waterfront Projects Notice of Preparation/Notice of Intent Page 3 of 4 11.The proposed projects should evaluate the cumulative impacts resulting from creating opportunity sites on the Port owned land east of Harbor Boulevard and th th West of Sampson Way between 7and 13Streets. 12.The EIR/EIS should consider how to link cruise ship passengers and guests to other San Pedro amenities and downtown.For example, passengers and guests using the surface and structured parking areas could be given vouchers for local restaurants and attractions as part of the parking fee. 13.Transportation of passengers and guests to and from the proposed and existing cruise ship terminals should be consistent with improvements proposed with the Port Transportation Master Plan. 14.The removal of subsurface pipelines and any petroleum impacted soil should be included as part of the widening of Sampson Way. 15.The EIR/EIS should evaluate and include recommendations for storm water management and water conservation in accordance with the recently adopted Integrated Resources Plan and City of Los Angeles Storm Water Program. 16.The EIR/EIS should evaluate the construction of buildings following the City of Los Angeles Sustainable Building Initiative. 17.A discussion of greenhouse gas emissions and potential mitigations should be included as part of the air quality impact section. 18.For the surface and structured parking lots, wet and dry weather storm water runoff could be mitigated through the use of green space within the parking lot area. 19.An evaluation as the collection of storm water for later usage at Bloch Field and for other space should be evaluated as part EIR/EIS 20.To reduce storm water impacts (wet and dry) from trash and other debris the EIR/EIS should include as a mitigation, requirements that the latest technology to catch solid debris be included with anystorm drain catchment basins designs. 21.Linkages between Peck Park, Welcome Park and the Promenade should be discussed as part of EIR/EIS.
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Northwest San PedroFebruary 27, 2007 Comments to San Pedro Waterfront Projects Notice of Preparation/Notice of Intent Page 4 of 4 22.The EIR/EIS should include a discussion of the Red Car elements as they relate to linking cruise ship passengers and guests to downtown and Cabrillo Beach and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. 23.As part of the EIR/EIS we request that the Port evaluate connecting the Bloch Field restrooms to the sanitary sewer. 24.As part of the EIR/EIS study we request that the Port evaluate remediation of soil nd and groundwater at Crescent and 22to allow for possible commercial/retail usage. Your consideration of these comments is appreciated. Please feel free to contact me at 3108311975 if you have any questions. Sincerely, Diana Nave, President Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council
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