Description of the Project: The Project includes redevelopment of the Project site with two new contemporary warehouse buildings (Buildings 1 and 2) with a combined building area, including the mezzanine space, of approximately 2,175,000 sf consisting of 2,134,000 sf of warehouse uses and 41,000 square feet of ancillary office space. There would be approximately 2,136,200 sf of ground level floor space and approximately 38,800 sf of mezzanine. For purposes of analysis in the Draft EIR, it is assumed that up to 90 percent of the building square footage would consist of a high-cube warehouse, and 10 percent would consist of a high-cube cold storage warehouse. Following is a brief description of the individual buildings.
· Building 1 would include approximately 1,422,500 sf of floor area (approximately 25,000 sf of ancillary office space and 1,397,500 sf of warehouse space). Building 1 is a cross-dock building, meaning that loading docks are located on opposite sides of the building; Building 1 provides loading docks on the east and west sides of the building.
· Building 2 would include approximately 752,500 sf of floor area (approximately 16,000 sf of ancillary office space and 736,500 sf of warehouse space). The building would also include 16,000 sf of office within either the ground level or mezzanine. Building 2 also is a cross-dock building and provides loading docks on the north and south sides of the building.
The Project includes construction of a new public roadway referred to as Street “A”, which would extend north-south along the eastern boundary of the Project site between 4th Street and 6th Street. Additional on-site improvements associated with the Project include, but are not limited to, surface parking areas (automobile and truck trailer spaces ancillary to operation of the two buildings), vehicle drive aisles, landscaping, storm water quality/storage, utility infrastructure, and exterior lighting. The Project site is within a Transit Priority Area and would include improvements to 4th Street and 6th Street along the Project site’s frontage to facilitate the use of transit and non-vehicular circulation (removal and replacement of the existing sidewalk and the installation of Class II bikeways adjacent to the Project site). The City plans to construct an at-grade crossing of the railroad spur to complete 6th Street between Santa Anita Avenue and Etiwanda Avenue. As a preliminary condition of approval, the City has indicated that the crossing is required to be implemented as part of the Project; therefore, it is also addressed as a Project component in this Draft EIR. It is expected that construction of the Project would be initiated in 2021 and be complete by 2022.
The General Plan land use designations and zoning for the Project site are Heavy Industrial (northern portion of the site) and General Industrial (southern portion of the site). Approval actions required from the City to implement the Project include: (1) adoption of a General Plan Amendment to change the land use designation for the northern portion of the Project site from Heavy
Industrial to General Industrial; (2) adoption of a Zoning Map Amendment to change the zoning designation for the northern portion of the Project site from Heavy Industrial to General Industrial; (3) approval of a Tentative Parcel Map to subdivide the Project site, which is currently a single legal parcel, into two parcels to accommodate the proposed buildings (Buildings 1 and 2); (4) approval of a Site Plan and Architectural review for site, architectural plans, and landscape plans; (5) a Tree Removal Permit for the removal of heritage trees on-site; and, (5) certification of the Final EIR. Additionally, the Project Applicant is requesting adoption of a Development Agreement. Lastly, a request for a Minor Use Permit has now been added to the application to permit a Large Distribution/Fulfillment Center (E-Commerce Distribution).