DOWNEY — A county proposal to develop a light-industrial park on a portion of its Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center site in Downey won approval from the city Planning Commission last week.
The Downey Planning Commission voted Wednesday to recommend that the City Council amend the city's General Plan to accommodate the development. The council is scheduled to consider the amendment July 26. Before the project can be built, the council must also approve specific plans for the development.
The project is targeted for a portion of the hospital property southwest of the Hidalgo Road and Rives Avenue intersection.
The General Plan amendment would permit "light manufacturing" on 121 acres of county-owned land now reserved for "public use."
As planned, the industrial park would be built in three phases over 16 years. The county plans to lease the land to a private developer who would build the project. The development is to contain about 2 million square feet of floor space. Development of the first phase would begin later this year or next year, officials said.