December 1, 2009

Mitigated Negative Declaration for Tank Removal at Former Home Depot Site

Just received via e-notify that the City of Long Beach has initiated the preparation of a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Studebaker LB, LLC Tank Removal Project (site of the ill fated Home Depot Project).

(A Negative Declaration is an environmental document prepared when it has been determined that the project would not have any significant environmental impacts and therefore preparation of an Environmental Impact Report would not be required.)

From the notice.....

The Studebaker LB, LLC Tank Removal Project, located at 400 N. Studebaker Road, is a nearly rectangular shaped 17.8 acre parcel located on the east side of Studebaker Road at the Loynes Drive/Studebaker Road intersection. The site contains six above-ground storage tanks (ASTs), conveyance pipelines, and containment berms. The four large ASTs (tanks Nos. 1,2,3,4) originally stored Fuel Oil No. 6, which formerly fueled the adjacent power plant. The remaining smaller ASTs (cutter tank Nos. 1 and 2) have been used to store distilled oil. The tanks are surrounded by a berm system originally constructed to contain any tank spills. There are no existing occupants or land uses on the site.

The applicant (Studebaker LB, LLC) intends to remove the four large ASTs (tanks Nos. 1-4), cutter tank No. 2 (cutter tank No. 1 is still in use and will remain), and conveyance pipelines to allow for a dry vehicle storage land use. In addition, the existing containment berm system would be reduced in height by approximately two feet.

Tank demolition would take approximately six weeks to complete. Approximately two tanks and associated piping would be demolished at one time before moving on to the other tanks. The tanks would be demolished and stockpiled in bins until taken to a landfill. Hauling the tank panels would use approximately 18 trucks for up to two days, while hauling the scrap metal would use up to 40 trucks over a three day period. Hauling would occur once all of the bins are loaded and would not occur during tank demolition. Pickup of demolished materials would be phased during non-peak hours to reduce potential traffic impacts. Trucks would enter and exit the project site through an access gate by the intersection of Loynes Drive/Studebaker Road.

Once demolition is complete, the project site would be covered with a three-inch compacted rock base for use as a dry vehicle storage lot. The project site is located in Subarea 19 of the PD-1 zoning district, which permits this type of land use. Dry vehicle storage is long-term and is used for vehicles that have been rendered immobile. In addition to fuel, all other fluids have been drained from the vehicles to prevent contamination of the underlying soil. All fluid drainage would occur prior to vehicle storage on the project site.

The ND 15-09 Initial Study has determined that no significant impacts would occur to any resource areas as a result of this project.

Review Period during which the Lead Agency will receive comments on the proposed Negative Declaration:

Starting Date: December 1, 2009
Ending Date: December 31, 2009

Public Meeting of the Planning Commission:

January 7, 2010, 5:00 PM
Long Beach City Hall
Council Chambers
333 W. Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802

Copies of the Negative Declaration and all referenced documents are available for public review by contacting LBDS staff or on the Department's website at: www.lbds.info/planning/environmental_planning/environmental_reports.asp

For additional information, contact:

Craig Chalfant, Planner
Department of Development Services
333 W. Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802
562.570.6368
craig.chalfant@longbeach.gov