Norwalk Entertainment District – Civic Center Specific Plan Project

2 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2022020128
Lead Agency
City of Norwalk
Document Title
Norwalk Entertainment District – Civic Center Specific Plan Project
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Received
Document Description
The City has prepared a DEIR to analyze environmental impacts associated with implementation of the proposed project, which would include the establishment and implementation of the Norwalk Entertainment District-Civic Center Specific Plan. The proposed project seeks to implement the City’s Economic Development Opportunities Plan, which identified the project site as an area for the promotion of economic development, by revitalizing the project site with the development of a vibrant community-focused development. The proposed project described in the specific plan includes the construction of a mixed-use development with residential, commercial, and open space uses on the location of the current City Hall Lawn and surface parking lot. Up to 350 residential units and associated amenities would be developed. Up to 110,000 square feet of commercial uses would be developed and would include a mix of retail, food and beverage, health and wellness, and/or grocery/market uses. The proposed project would include ground-floor open space that would be publicly accessible but privately maintained and operated, and residential open space areas for residents. Assuming full buildout as provided in the specific plan, the proposed project would construct 651 parking spaces within the new mixed-use buildings. The remainder of the parking spaces required for the proposed project pursuant to the specific plan would be within the existing 1,050-space parking garage. The proposed project would also allow for the construction of up to two additional stories on the existing parking structure (700 additional parking spaces). No modifications are proposed to the existing Norwalk City Hall building or the small portion of the County accessory building (located south of City Hall) that are within the project site. Construction of the proposed project, in accordance with the proposed specific plan, is anticipated to begin in 2023 and last up to 23 months. A general plan map and text amendment is proposed to establish a land use designation of “mixed use” and apply this designation to the project site. A zoning text and map amendment is proposed to establish the proposed specific plan as the zoning for the project site and to remove the existing Public Facilities Overlay designation from the project site. The proposed project would also include other discretionary actions from the City and other public agencies including, without limitation, ground lease(s), reciprocal easement agreement(s), parking lease and/or license, easements, master conditional use permit(s) for alcohol, a development agreement, and other agreements or actions of the City or other public agencies in furtherance of the proposed project. The development area of the project site is owned by the City but is proposed to be developed by the applicant through a public private partnership with the City, which may include, among other things, one or more lease(s) or other agreements with the applicant relating to portions of the project site in order to implement the development authorized by the specific plan.

Contact Information

Name
Jill Ann Arabe, AICP
Agency Name
City of Norwalk, Community Development
Job Title
Development Services Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Norwalk
Counties
Los Angeles
Regions
Citywide, Countywide, Southern California, Statewide
Cross Streets
Norwalk Blvd and Imperial Highway
Zip
90650
Total Acres
13.2
Parcel #
APN 8047-006-922, -924, and-925 and a portion of APN 8047-006-927
Railways
mainline rail; branch line; spur
Schools
multiple
Waterways
La Canada Verde Creek
Township
3S
Range
11W
Other Location Info
The proposed specific plan area, or project site, consists of approximately 13.2 acres located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Imperial Highway and Norwalk Boulevard in the City of Norwalk. The project site consists of three parcels with Assessor’s Parcel Numbers (APN) 8047-006-922, -924, and -925 which are owned by the City of Norwalk, and a portion of one parcel with APN 8047-006-927, which is owned by the County of Los Angeles (County). The project site is bordered by Imperial Highway to the north, Avenida Manuel Salinas to the east, the Los Angeles County Superior Court–Norwalk property to the south, and Norwalk Boulevard to the west. The nearest freeways providing regional access to the project area are Interstate 605 (I-605), Interstate 5 (I-5), Interstate 105 (I-105), and U.S. Route 91 (US-91). The project site is located approximately 0.6 mile west of the Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs Transportation Center (Metrolink). The Norwalk Los Angeles County Metro Station is approximately 1.7 miles west of the project site on Hoxie Avenue.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 16
Development Types
Residential (Units 350, Acres 7), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 110000, Acres 7, Employees 441)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Rezone, Use Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End

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