The leaders of the 107-year-old hospital said the property, which now consists primarily of one and two story cottages and buildings, needs to be developed so they can raise enough money to build a new hospital that meets state safety standards.
The initial study, which is still being modified, will act as a guide for a full environmental impact report that is not expected to be completed until next year. Echo Park residents and others have until Sept. 23 to submit comment on the project and the initial study. A meeting was held last Tuesday night as part of the process to gather comments on the project and the environmental review process.
Among some of the potentially significant issues that would require further study: the risk of landslides caused by hillside development; destruction of habitat for sensitive wildlife and plant species; and new or intensified "objectionable odors" created by intensified housing and hospital development.