Mothers of East Los Angeles Appeal Golden Gate Theatre Drugstore Project

By EGP News Service

The Mothers of East LA (MELA) will present their case against a redevelopment project approved for the historic Golden Gate Theatre in East Los Angeles to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors next Tuesday, May 25.

The Mothers filed an appeal on March 31 in an effort to stop the conversion of the theatre to use as a CVS Pharmacy.

The appeal, submitted by Attorney Patricia Quilizapa on behalf of the Mothers of East LA, says the applicant and the commission failed to consider alternatives, and claims recently approved plans and mitigations are inadequate to ward-off substantial adverse changes to the building’s historical status. They say affected resident stakeholders were not given enough time to respond to the project.

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“We are appealing the fact that we truly believe we can do better than a CVS there,” Diana del Pozo-Mora, executive director of MELA told EGP in April.

According to Pozo-Mora, the County Planning Commission did not give MELA’s proposal to rebuild the once adjacent Vega Building, demolished years ago, consideration as a true alternative.

The Mothers of East LA have paid about $800 in fees related to the appeal.

The Planning Commission in February approved the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Golden Gate conversion, and on March 17 issued corresponding use permits for the site. CVS signed a 25-year lease agreement with the developer in early March, according to Ron Holley, a consultant to property owners, Charles Company, M&A Gabaee, LP.

MELA’s case against the project will be heard by the Board of Supervisors, not the LA County Regional Planning Commission as in past hearings. Planning Department staff will provide supervisors with a report on the project at Tuesday’s hearing, according to County Planner Anita Gutierrez. MELA will present their case against the project, and members of the audience will be allowed to comment in favor or against the appeal, Gutierrez explained. Once the Board of Supervisors hears all the facts and testimonies, they will then decide whether to uphold or deny the appeal, she said.

The May 25 hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Room 381B, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, Ca 90012. For more information call (213) 974-6443.

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