Saturday, March 15, 2008

McCowans on Agenda at Tuesday Hearing

At a public hearing Tuesday, a city panel will recommend what – more precisely, how much – can be built on the former McCowans Market property.

Controversy erupted earlier this year when plans were announced to build as many as 18 condominiums on the property at 20th and Walker Streets.

The Harbor Area Planning Commission will hear testimony and vote on Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s motion to develop the land in sync with the prevailing residential character of the neighborhood.

In effect, Hahn’s motion would allow a handful of detached, single-family homes. Whether it works out to three, six or as many as 10 homes is subject to debate.

Testimony will likely come from members of the community group Vista Del Oro Neighbors Against Condos and property owner Michael Rosenthal or his representatives.

At issue is the proposed “Q” condition, which would amend the current commercial zoning and permit limited residential development.

The project is located within the boundaries of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, which voted in February to support Hahn’s motion.

The commission will issue its recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council, which has final authority on the matter.

The hearing will take place on March 18 at 4:30 p.m. at the Port of Los Angeles Administration Building, 425 S Palos Verdes St., San Pedro. Photo ID is required to enter the building.

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