On Tues. Jan 17,2017, with about a hundred people in attendance, the Planning Commission voted 6-2 to approve the project. (See videos below.) As of Jan. 18, 2017, residents are filing an appeal.
Every bit helps towards litigation fees. Thank you!
- Residents’ major concerns with the project
- The City of Alhambra’s “Environmental Documents” for this project
- City of Alhambra’s initial study dated Nov. 23, 2016:
- Letter to Planning Commission about the violation of zoning (Sunada)
- Report on Alhambra’s lack of ground water studies and contamination issues.
- Letter to Planning Commission about their lack of information about Ratkavich Project of 1100 residential units across the street (Sunada)
- Letter to Planning Commission from Center for Public Environmental Oversight, vapor intrusion (Sunada)
- Letter to Planning Commission about validity of the Study (Sahu)
- Questions that we are waiting to be answered about City’s study (Sahu)
- Letter to Planning Commission about Lowes Home Depot (Lawrence)
- Letter to Planning Commission – Alhambran’s deserve comprehensive study (Michelson)
- Letter to Planning Commission (Williams)
...It appears that the interpretation was made out of convenience to City Hall’s economic and development goals at the time rather than sound reasoning, independent study, legal analysis, precedent, and careful consideration for the long-term impacts on traffic, the environment, health and safety, and the effects on sustainable living in Alhambra. Letter to Planning Commission (Mc Morris)
- Pasadena Star News, Oct. 28, 2017 Blame Game Begins after Lowe’s Says It’s Pulling Out
- Alhambra Source, Oct. 26, 2017 Why Grassroots Alhambra filed a lawsuit
- Pasadena Star News, Jan. 17, 2017: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/business/20170116/residents-seek-full-environmental-study-for-proposed-alhambra-lowes-development#.WH5bmi_6gRw.email
- Pasadena Star News, Dec. 13, 2016: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/marketplace/20161212/residents-worried-new-project-on-fremont-ave-in-alhambra-will-bring-traffic
- Alhambra Source, Jan. 11, 2017: http://alhambrasource.org/stories/residents-and-experts-express-concern-over-lowe
- Alhambra Source, Jan. 29, 2017: Alhambrans File an Appeal: http://www.alhambrasource.org/news/alhambra-residents-file-appeal-against-lowes-development
Some analysts think Lowe’s can gain ground by capturing more of the $120 billion professional home-improvement market. The average pro contractor customer at Home Depot spends $6,500 a year, while Lowe’s garners about $2,000 per pro. To narrow that gap, Lowe’s recently launched an e-commerce platform for contractors and began partnering with brands preferred by professionals, like Sherwin-Williams paints. Piper Jaffray analyst Peter Keith says those initiatives could enable Lowe’s to boost its overall growth. http://fortune.com/2016/04/20/lowes-home-depot-stock/(Lowe’s promoting professional contractor services, like Home Depot)
City’s Informational Meeting to community-Dec. 13, 2016, Emery Park
Part 1 – presentation video
Part 2 – presentation video
Part 3 – presentation video
There was a videographer at the meeting, but Development Services in City of Alhambra does not have a copy of that video. These were taken by a resident.
Video of Planning Commission, Jan 17, 2017, Alhambra City Hall
- Part 1: Presentation + public comment
- Part 2: Public comment cont.
- Part 3: Planners/Developer’s rebuttal + Planning Commission discussion + vote