The Huntington Beach City Council on Monday, June 19, approved to have an environmental study done of the Magnolia Tank Farm.
The study, to be conducted by engineering consulting firm Psomas, will examine the possible adverse environmental effects of developing the 29-acre former fuel tank storage facility on Magnolia Avenue.
Currently, two options are being considered for the site. One would include a 175 room hotel, 250 homes and 19,000 square feet of retail space. The second option would include 250 units of housing only.
Shopoff Realty Investments, which bought the property in August 2016 for $26.5 million, will reimburse the city for the $500,000 cost of the study.
The projects require a series of added steps to move forward including changes to zoning and the general plan. The projects would also require approval from the city council and the Coastal Commission.
Nine residents appeared to oppose the proposals for the property and conducting the study.
“We’re aghast at even the suggestion of a hotel,” said resident Cari Swan. “They still want to pack as much density as they can get away with.”
“They’re trying to put downtown down here and it’s not right,” said resident Dominic Menaldi.
Several residents supported the idea, saying they hoped to learn from experts about the possible effects and mitigation proposals.
“I don’t think anyone knows what the impacts are until we do an EIR,” said Daryl Robinson about an environmental study. “So let’s do an EIR.”
City discusses regulations on sales, cultivation of marijuana
During a study session, City Attorney Michael Gates and Police Chief Robert Handy talked about city regulations on sales and cultivation of marijuana and an update on the status of Proposition 64, which decriminalized the use of marijuana.
Huntington Beach currently prohibits sales of medical marijuana and Gates recommended the ordinance be updated to specifically include a prohibition of the sale of recreational…