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.
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