Studebaker project

A 6.7-acre plot of land in southeast Long Beach will soon be home to new industrial buildings.

The Long Beach Planning Commission approved at its Thursday, Nov. 7, meeting a plan to demolish structures at 300 Studebaker Rd. and construct the new buildings — one that is 91,700 square feet and one that is 47,500 square feet.

A tenant has not yet been announced for the park. But the decision still came with some concerns from local residents.

Dave Shukla, who lives in neighboring University Park Estates, said during Thursday’s meeting that he was concerned the project would create pollution in the area.

“My brother is disabled, and his bedroom window looks directly onto these parcels; it’s within 500 feet of the project,” Shukla said. “Please explain to me why he or my elderly neighbors — some of the most vulnerable people in our community — should have to breathe all of that pollution in every single day.”

Others also worried about how the industrial buildings would impact the Los Cerritos Channel and Wetlands, which border the area.

But Mark Payne, a partner with the firm behind the project, the Panattoni Development Company, said residents need not worry about those issues.

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, for its part, has expressed support for the project.

“This is a light industrial building, and this is very much like what you see at Douglas Park, only these buildings are a lot smaller,” Payne said. “It’s just not a high-intensity trucking operation.”

In addition to using some of the land as public open space, the buildings will include bird-safe glass and window treatments. The project will also include landscaping along Studebaker Road and design tricks, like pop-outs and recessions, so that the site won’t be an eyesore.

Payne said he’s worked hard in the years leading up to Thursday’s vote to ensure the public was included in the planning process.

“We did outreach several times,” he said. “We did it meticulously, and we actually made sure everyone got it with a service because the HOA didn’t have the capability to do it themselves.”

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