Appeal to Village 605 Withdrawn – Hearing Cancelled
The City of Los Alamitos appeal hearing scheduled for January 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. is cancelled. The Appellant, (“Mr. Nathan Pinson”) no longer opposes the project and has withdrawn the appeal.
The Village 605 is an 113,880 sq. ft. shopping Center proposed on the former location of Supermedia at 3131 Katella Avenue in the City of Los Alamitos proposed by Katella Property Owner LLC. (“Applicant”). While the City of Los Alamitos was well prepared to facilitate the appeal hearing, negotiations between the Developer and the Appellant resulted in the following changes to the project:
- Limit the maximum height of the pylon sign to no more than 90 feet.
- Limit the maximum size of each sign face on the pylon sign to no more than 2000 square feet.
- Applicant will not include a digital screen component in the sign.
- Applicant will cause count-down cross-walk signaling devices to be installed at the cross walks at the intersection of Katella Avenue & Civic Center Drive, which is among the intersections covered by the permits.
- Applicant will tender a sum for enhancing traffic safety for school children at Oak Middle School.
The Appellant has since withdrawn his opposition to the Village 605 project.
Development Services Director
City of Los Alamitos
Citing a traffic study that fails to consider student pedestrian safety, traffic impacts on Rossmoor, and the light and sight pollution from the proposed 3000 square foot freeway sign, the Rossmoor Homeowners Association (RHA) has sent a letter to Los Alamitos City officials requesting further study and significant mitigation before the project is approved to move forward.
Comparisons & Perspectives
The tallest building in Los Alamitos are the two three story Los Alamitos Medical Center buildings. These buildings are approximately 36 feet (11 meters) in height. The proposed sign is 120 feet (36.5 meters) in height, or 4 times taller (12 stories) than the medical center buildings.
The Cerritos Auto Square freeway sign is 70 feet tall and has a digital display of 911 square feet. The “glare study” for the 2014 sign upgrade indicated the new sign “will not be visible from the residential neighborhoods to the south and will remain slightly visible from the residential neighborhoods to the west.”
According to the conditional use permit, The Bella Terra Center in Huntington Beach has a freeway sign that stands 85 feet tall and has 1,370 square feet of “readerboard sign” on each side, totaling 2,740 square feet of billboard.
The image above is a to scale rendering by Timothy White of how the proposed sign will look from the south side of Ruth Elaine Drive in Rossmoor