Construction of a 40-unit motel has been unanimously approved by the Gardena City Council despite concerns about prostitution and an overabundance of motels in south Gardena.
Councilman James Cragin asked if the motel, to be built at 16427 S. Western Ave., would attract prostitution to the area. But Kirk Downing, a spokesman for the Longridge Corp., the Monterey Park-based developer of the project, said the motel "will be of a higher standard than similar ones in the city" and would improve the neighborhood.
City Clerk May Doi said Gardena has had problems with prostitution in an unincorporated strip of Los Angeles County that extends into the city along Rosecrans Avenue, from Crenshaw Boulevard to Western Avenue. The unincorporated area is about a mile from the motel site.
Expected Protest Fades
Before the meeting, Doi said she expected protests from residents living near the motel site, but none spoke at the hearing.