TORRANCE — The City Council directed its staff to review a proposal by an Old Downtown community group that asks the city to purchase 26 three-bedroom houses as an alternative to a planned four-story housing project for the elderly. But the council made it clear that it is not likely to reverse its decision to allow construction of the complex in Old Downtown.
"I fully intend to abide by the decision this council unanimously made. I don't intend to change my mind," said Councilman Dan Walker at last week's council meeting. In December, the council approved the 78-unit structure on city-owned property at El Prado and Cravens avenues over the objections of some neighboring residents, who argued that the building was too large for the area. Area homeowners had preferred a two-story building; the Planning Department had recommended a three-story, 56-unit building.
John Geyer, a spokesman for the Save Torrance Committee, a loosely organized group of Old Downtown homeowners and merchants formed in part to fight the housing project, also argued that the housing project would take away badly needed parking spaces at time when area businesses are showing signs of revitalization.
Too Much to Lose
Geyer said 50 spaces, 10% of the existing spaces, would be lost to the project, which is being built on a lot that was used for public parking.