EIR to Turn Golden Gate Theatre into CVS Approved
By EGP News Service
The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday approved the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Golden Gate Theatre, which included a ‘Statement of Overriding Considerations’ to justify irreversible impacts from the redevelopment of the historic and cultural building.
Charles Company, M&A Gabaee, LP, owners of the property that includes Jim’s Burger on the same parcel, have proposed encapsulating the inside of the theatre to accommodate a CVS Pharmacy or similar tenant. The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission is also currently considering Conditional Use Permits for a drive-thru and for alcohol sales at the site.
Work at the site is unlikely to begin before a long-term tenant is secured.
According to the Statement of Overriding Considerations, available online in the Final EIR, the Commission has determined that the measures outlined to minimize the adverse effects of the redevelopment project are appropriate and can be implemented in accordance with CEQA requirements. Under CEQA, the benefits derived from the proposed changes can be approved if the specific overriding economic, legal, social, technological, or other benefits outweigh the benefits of not allowing the project to proceed.
While some aspects of the historic building will be removed and preserved, like the bandshell and stairs, other changes allowed will require that the building is convertible back to its original theater use in the future.