June 30, 2011
Community Health Councils, Inc.
“The proposed neighborhood market on Crenshaw and 52nd street is being delayed again through California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) litigation filed by a small local group called Residents First and members of the Hyde Park Organizational Partnership for Empowerment (H.O.P.E.).
Fresh & Easy has met all but 4 of the 30 Crenshaw specific plan requirements. The unmet requirements include: 2 wall signs instead of the allotted 1 per business, 1 wall sign that exceeds the permitted 75 feet, the placement of surface parking lot adjacent to the street, and 20% transparency on ground floor windows.
The City Councils’ approval of these exemptions makes way for the following improvements:
A new 14,000 square foot market with fresh, healthy, and low-cost food choices
Development of a currently blighted vacant property
Additional green space with landscaping and 2 trellises
New jobs with competitive salaries and healthcare benefits.
Since the beginning of the project’s regulatory approval process, the store has agreed to numerous changes proposed by city planning and the community for a more pedestrian-friendly design. Some of the design modifications include:
Reducing the number of parking spaces from 90 to 68
Adding more green space with landscaping
Building a new pedestrian entrance on Crenshaw Boulevard
Reducing the building setback from 19 feet to 0 feet.”