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Friday, September 11, 2009

The significant impacts of the Barlow Hospital development

The proposal to build a 1.2 million-square-foot development on the grounds of Barlow Hospital next to Elysian Park would most likely have significant impacts on everything from scenic views and air quality to historic structures and traffic congestion. It also might be smelly. Those findings come from an initial study into the potential environmental impacts created by a proposal to build 888 units of housing, a new hospital and shops on the hospital's approximately 25-acre property.

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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.

4 comments:

  1. This project will have a major impact on Elysian Park. Hopefully the Planning Department will REQUIRE this project to dedicate additional parkland to Elysian Park instead of paying Quimby fees.

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  2. Agreed, the current hospital blends in well with the park, a new one won't.

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  3. Money is Money greed is greed, Barlow is a done deal. so lets kiss away the old and welcome in the new. theres no stoppingthe powers that be.

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  4. "Money is Money greed is greed, Barlow is a done deal. so lets kiss away the old and welcome in the new. theres no stoppingthe powers that be."

    What a loser's mentality. Just give in to the people with more money than you. Pathetic.

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