San Gabriel River Discovery Center at Whittier Narrows

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Summary

SCH Number
2006081154
Lead Agency
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Document Title
San Gabriel River Discovery Center at Whittier Narrows
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received

Document Description
The San Gabriel River Discovery Center Authority (Authority) is approving an award fro a contract for Soils and Geology Consulting Services for the San Gabriel River Discovery Center at Whittier Narrows project ("Discovery Center"). In considering the approval of this contract award, the Authority has determined that some changes or additions are necessary to the previously certified Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) to describe changes to the Discovery Center. The Final EIR for the Discovery Center was certified on January 20, 2010 (SCH 2006081154). The project as evaluated in the Final EIR and approved by the Authority included a lease and sublease of the approximately 11.21 acre project site from the County of Los Angeles to the Authority as part of the project. As described in the Final EIR, primary project features, including a 14,000sf interpretive center, parking lot, maintenance building, open air classroom, constructed riparian/wetland area, covered outdoor classroom, and connecting pathways, would be constructed riparian/wetland area, covered outdoor classroom, and connecting pathways, would be constructed on approximately 5 acres of the project site (construction impact area) within the 11.21 acre lease boundary. The balance of the site would be set aside for habitat preservation and restoration. This reconfiguration of the project site moves the maintenance building from its current location within Significant Ecological Area No. 42 and the Natural Area section of Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. The maintenance area will be relocated adjacent to and integrated with the main building at its eastern edge. The proposed relocation site is currently developed as the existing driveway for the Whittier Narrows Nature Center. The relocated maintenance building would be reduced in size and structurally integrated with the 14,000sf main building on the County-owned parcel on Durfee Avenue.

Contact Information
Valorie Shatynski
San Gabriel River Discovery Center Authority
100 North Old San Gabriel Canyon Road
Azusa, CA 91702

626-815-1019 x 114

Location

Cities
El Monte
Counties
Los Angeles
Cross Streets
1000 N. Durfee Avenue
Zip
91733
Total Acres
11.3
Parcel #
8119-011-902
State Highways
SR-60
Schools
South El Monte HS
Waterways
San Gabriel River, Lario Creek
Other Location Info
South

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
San Gabriel River Discovery Center Authority
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Final EIR Available Location
San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy 100 Old North San Gabriel Canyon Road Azusa, CA 91702.

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
Yes
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
Yes
(5) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
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