Senator Portantino Supports Pasadena Recommendations for Space Bank Cleanup

State Senator sends letter to California Department of Toxic Substances Control, as agency begins to craft remediation plans for controversial housing development site

Published : Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 4:41 AM

Supporting the direction of the Pasadena City Council, Pasadena-area State Senator Anthony J. Portantino sent a letter Tuesday requesting that the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) adopt recommendations from the City for the toxic cleanup of the proposed site of an East Pasadena mixed-up use development.

“I am in full support of the City of Pasadena’s stance on this issue and urge the Department of Toxic Substance Control to amend and adopt the recommendations made by the city,” said Portantino Tuesday. “I join the city’s efforts as they pertain to these changes for the Space Bank Draft Removal Action Work Plan. Citizens in Pasadena deserve every possible environmental consideration to ensure the safety of this location.”

The City Council made final additions to the recommendations in the City’s comments letter to the DTSC on Monday, May 13, detailing the City’s position on the cleanup of the East Pasadena site.

A 550-unit mixed-use development is planned for the location, at 3500 East Foothill Boulevard.

Along with the six recommendations in the original letter drafted by City Manager Steve Mermell, the amended letter includes new cleanup recommendations prompted by Councilmembers Gene Masuda and Victor Gordo.

The City’s official comments are in response to the DTSC’s Draft Removal Action Workplan, which will eventually be crafted into an updated and final site cleanup workplan for the developers, the Trammell Crow Company.

Last July the City Council, with the exceptions of Hampton, Gordo and Masuda, approved the Space Bank project, a mixed-use development, requiring the demolition of 29 existing structures on approximately 8.53 acres; construction of eight separate residential and mixed-use buildings, with subterranean and above-ground parking structures, and landscaping.

According to a City Planning Department staff report, the site was used for weapons research and development from the 1940s through the 1970s, primarily by the U.S. Navy. Following the Navy use, the site was used as a mini-storage facility and space for commercial and manufacturing businesses.

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