Project Title: Huntington Beach Senior Center Project
Project Location: The 5-acre project site is located within the 343-acre Huntington Central Park and generally located west of the intersection of Goldenwest Street and Talbert Avenue, between the disc golf course, which is at a higher elevation, and the Shipley Nature Center.
Project Description: The proposed Huntington Beach Senior Center project involves the construction of a new one-story senior center (approximately 45,000 square feet) on an undeveloped portion of Central Park. Access to the facility will be provided from a planned driveway at the intersection of Goldenwest Street/Talbert Avenue. The senior center will include multi-purpose rooms/community hall, group exercise room, fitness room, arts/crafts room, multi-use classrooms, kitchen, dance room, lobby, administrative area, outdoor patio, and outdoor recreation/activity area. Approximately 227 parking spaces will be provided for visitors and City vehicles. The project also includes a General Plan Amendment to incorporate the Central Park Master Plan of Recreation Uses into the Recreation and Community Services Element of the General Plan. The Central Park Master Plan is proposed to be updated to identify the 5-acre senior center site within Central Park and re-designate the project site from a low-intensity to high-intensity recreation area.
The Planning Division is processing a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which analyzes the potentially significant environmental impacts of the proposed senior center including those issues required by the Court's decision on the CEQA lawsuit.
A copy of Draft Subsequent EIR No. 07-002 is on file with the Department of Community Development, City of Huntington Beach - City Hall, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648. Draft Subsequent EIR No. 07-002 is also available for review in the the City Clerk's office, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 2000 Main Street; and the Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. A public comment meeting will be held during the review period to take comments related to the adequacy of the environmental issues analyzed within the Draft EIR. The comment meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Room C/D of the Central Library located at 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.
Any person wishing to comment on the request may do so in writing during the forty-five (45) day comment period, ending October 31, 2011, by providing written comments to Jennifer Villasenor, Senior Planner, City of Huntington Beach Community Development Department, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.
The Final Subsequent EIR was made available on December 19, 2011. The Planning Commission will consider the Final Subsequent EIR on January 24, 2012.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors. You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed. This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.