Inspiration Neighborhood Center


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Downey, City of (City of Downey)
Document Title
Inspiration Neighborhood Center
Document Type
JD - Joint Document

Document Description
Note: EA/FONSI The City of Downey is proposing to construct and operate a one-story, approximately 16,000 sf, multi-purpose community building, formally known as Inspiration Neighborhood Center (Neighborhood Center or "Project"). The Project site encompasses the south-westernmost 4.3 acres of the 154-acre Downey Landing Amended Specific Plan (Amended Specific Plan) area, at 12420 Columbia Way. The Inspiration Neighborhood Center, together with the existing Columbia Memorial Space Center, would serve as a destination for local families, teachers, and students. The Project would serve as a neighborhood center to benefit local residents with community meeting and activity space, as well as provide a display location for a full-scale model (mock-up) of the "Inspiration Space Shuttle Orbiter" (the "Inspiration"). Additionally, the Neighborhood Center may house "lesser known" artifacts from Downey's extensive role in the Apollo and space shuttle programs. The Neighborhood Center would be constructed in an "L-shape" design, at a maximum height of 40 feet, with the shuttle mockup located in the southern portion of the building. Pedestrian access to the Neighborhood Center would be provided via Columbia Way. The Neighborhood Center would also be accessible from the north via the Space Center and from the east via the city park. Existing available parking is provided within the shared Space Center/city park surface parking lot located north of the Space Center.

Contact Information
Brian Saeki
City of Downey
11111 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241

562 904 7152


33°55'9.66"N 118°8'2.79"W
Los Angeles
Cross Streets
Lakewood Boulevard & Columbia Way
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR-19 / I-605
Alameda ES, Gauldin ES, Sussman MS

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Neighborhood Center)
Local Action
Site Plan
Project Issues
Other Issues Landuse Growth Inducing Wildlife Wetland/Riparian Water Supply Water Quality Vegetation Traffic/Circulation Toxic/Hazardous Solid Waste Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Sewer Capacity Schools/Universities Recreation/Parks Public Services Population/Housing Balance Noise Geologic/Seismic Forest Land/Fire Hazard Flood Plain/Flooding Economics/Jobs Drainage/Absorption Coastal Zone Biological Resources Archaeologic-Historic Air Quality Agricultural Land Aesthetic/Visual Other Issues: GHGE
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Caltrans, District 7 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 5 Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 4 Resources Agency
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