Current Projects

LOCATION: 4024 Durfee Avenue (APN Nos.  8549-004-900 & 8549-005-900) Lots 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9
Esperanza Village Development
4024 Durfee Avenue (APN Nos. 8549-004-900 & 8549-005-900) Lots 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 (A full legal description of the property is on file in the office of the El Monte Planning Division). 
Project Description • The project proposes construction of four (4), four-story residential buildings totaling 406,135 square feet (340 residential units).  Buildings 1 and 2 would each be 86,500 square feet with 85 residential units affordable to low- and extremely low-income persons/families, including transitional age youths.  Each building would have two (2) courtyards and two (2) rooftop decks.  The rooftop decks would front Gilman Road.  Building 1 would have a 34,800-square foot podium parking area on the first level with 104 parking stalls.  Building 2 would have a 35,260-square foot podium parking area on the first level with 110 parking stalls.  Buildings 3 and 4 would have 86 and 84 residential units, respectively, affordable to low-and extremely low-income seniors.  A courtyard would be situated between the two (2) buildings.  Building 4 would have two (2) rooftop decks that would front Durfee Avenue.  Podium parking for Building 3 would be connected to Building 4 and would total 44,440 square feet in size and 96 parking stalls. 
• One (1) two-story, 36,000-square foot non-residential mixed-use building with community-serving medical uses (vocational training school, medical clinic, and senior health center).
• One (1) 20,000 to 40,000 square foot building with community serving and Los Angeles County related uses.  The building would be up to three (3) stories tall.  Uses for the Los Angeles County related building are conceptual.  A podium parking area with approximately 68 parking stalls may be provided. 
• A 4,650-square foot common open space area and 1,850-square foot public open space area would be provided between Buildings 3/4 and Building 5.  
• Surface parking areas would provide a total of 215 parking spaces (138 parking spaces for the residential and mixed-use development and 77 parking spaces at the surface parking lot for the Los Angeles County-related development).
• Off-site improvements may include diagonal parking along Kerrwood Street and Gilman Road rights-of-way adjacent to the MacLaren Hall property, water improvements on the east side of Durfee Avenue, undergrounding of overhead utility lines on Durfee Avenue and Gilman Road adjacent to the MacLaren Hall property, sewer improvements on Ferris Road between Durfee Avenue and Cogswell Road, enhanced pedestrian crossing on Gilman Road at Twin Lakes Elementary School and other potential traffic calming measures, and a trail/path along the southerly end of Twin Lakes Elementary School.  

Access to the residential and non-residential mixed-use development would be provided by two (2) driveways on Gilman Road and two (2) driveways on Durfee Avenue. Access to the Los Angeles County-related development would be provided by two (2) driveways on Kerrwood Street and one (1) driveway on Durfee Avenue. 

The project applicant is requesting the following entitlements:

• General Plan Amendment to change the General Plan land use designation from Public Facilities (PF) to Specific Plan (SP) for the entire MacLaren Hall property (13.79 acres).
• Zone Change to change the zoning of the MacLaren Hall property from PF to Specific Plan (SP) for the entire MacLaren Hall property (13.79 acres). With the proposed zone change, the MacLaren Hall property would be within the proposed Esperanza Village Specific Plan (SP-5) Zoning District.
• Specific Plan Amendment to establish development standards and design guidelines for the proposed development area (8.19 acres). 
• Code Amendment to codify the Specific Plan development standards for the entire MacLaren Hall property (13.79 acres) in the City’s Zoning Code.
• Design Review for the construction of four (4) new four-story residential buildings and one (1) new two-story 36,000-square foot mixed-use building; and
• Tentative Tract Map to consolidate two (2) parcels (six lots) and create eight (8) new parcels on the entire MacLaren Hall property.

These changes include a 5.6-acre portion of the property that has been approved by the County of Los Angeles for development as a community park. The proposed changes relevant to the community park are essentially nomenclature changes and would make no substantive changes to the previously proposed and approved park use. The community park project is not considered to be part of the proposed project for purposes of the IS/MND but is a cumulative project to the proposed project analyzed in the IS/MND.

Environmental Description An Initial Study (IS) prepared for the project, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), determined that there will be less than significant impacts to the environment because mitigation measures will be incorporated into the project. Therefore, a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been prepared. Mitigation measures are provided to lessen potential impacts related to air quality, migratory wildlife, archaeological, paleontological, and tribal resources, hazardous materials, and noise and traffic (emergency access). The Planning Commission shall consider adopting the MND as part of their consideration of the project at a future public hearing scheduled on October 11, 2022.

Please see the links below to view the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, Appendices, Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Noise and Vibration, Traffic Impact Analysis, and Notice of Availability/Notice of Intent/Notice of Public Hearing that were prepared for the project:








Study Session:
The Planning Commission will hold a study session at a public hearing to receive testimony orally and in writing on the project.  Written comments must be received by 3:00 p.m. on the meeting date.  The public hearing is scheduled for:

Date:    Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Time:    7:00 p.m.
Place:   El Monte City Hall
             City Hall East - Council Chambers
             11333 Valley Boulevard, El Monte, CA
 
Review Body & Final Decision Pursuant to State Law, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive testimony, orally and in writing, on the proposed project. The public hearing is scheduled for:

Date:  Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place: El Monte City Hall East – Council Chambers
           11333 Valley Boulevard, El Monte, California

Comments on the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration may be received in writing between August 23, 2022 and September 15, 2022. Any interested person or agency may comment on this matter by submitting comments via email to tli@elmonteca.gov or via postal mail or by in person delivery to the Planning Division located at City Hall West, 11333 Valley Boulevard, El Monte, CA 91731. Written comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration must be received no later than September 15, 2022.

A hardcopy of the Initial Study and related documents are available for review at the following locations during the regular business hours:

City Hall West
Planning Division
11333 Valley Boulevard
El Monte, CA
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(Monday thru Thursday)
Contact Teresa Li, AICP
Contract Planner
tli@elmonteca.gov
(626) 580-2057
LOCATION: 4304 Temple City Boulevard (APN No: 8577-006-016)
Multi-Tenant Warehouse Development
4304 Temple City Boulevard (APN No: 8577-006-016)(A full legal description of the property is on file in the office of the El Monte Planning Division). 

Project Description
The project proposes construction and operation of a multi-tenant industrial warehouse development that consists of two (2) new buildings with a total floor area of 63,428 SF within a 2.89-area lot. Building 1 would contain Units 1 and 2 and provide a total floor area of 44,207 SF (33,825 SF of warehouse space, 3,490 SF of office space, and 5,976 SF of mezzanine office space). Building 2 would contain Units 3 and 4 and provide a total floor area of 19,221 SF (14,219 SF of warehouse space, 2,179 SF of office space, and 2,565 SF of mezzanine office space). Access to the project site would be provided by one (1) driveway connection along Temple City Boulevard. In addition, a total of 69 parking spaces and approximately 4,077 square feet of landscaping are proposed throughout the site.
The project applicant is requesting the following entitlements:
• Tentative Tract Map (TTM) No. 082738 – to allow the subdivision of the site for ownership units and a shared driveway/common lot; and
• Design Review (DR) No. 05-19 - to review the site layout, architecture, and landscaping of the proposed development.

Environmental Description
An Initial Study prepared for the project determined that there will be less than significant impacts to the environment because mitigation measures will be incorporated into the project. Therefore, a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been prepared. Mitigation measures are provided to lessen potential impacts related to Geology & Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, and Tribal Cultural Resources. The Planning Commission shall consider adopting the MND as part of their consideration of the project at a future public hearing scheduled for June 28, 2022.

Please see the links below to view the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, Traffic Impact Study, and Notice of Availability/Notice of Intent/Notice of Public Hearing that were prepared for the project:






Review Body & Final Decision
Pursuant to State Law, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive testimony, orally and in writing, on the proposed project. The public hearing is scheduled for:
Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: El Monte City Hall East – Council Chambers
           11333 Valley Boulevard, El Monte, California
Comments on the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration may be received in writing between May 19, 2022 and June 18, 2022. Any interested person or agency may comment on this matter by submitting comments via email to tbu@elmonteca.gov or via postal mail or by in person delivery to the Planning Division located at City Hall West, 11333 Valley Boulevard, El Monte, CA 91731. Written comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration must be received no later than June 18, 2022.
A hardcopy of the Initial Study and related documents are available for review at the following locations during the regular business hours:
City Hall West
Planning Division
11333 Valley Boulevard
El Monte, CA
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(Monday thru Thursday)
El Monte Library
3224 Tyler Avenue
El Monte, CA
12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (only Tues)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Wed thru Sat)
Norwood Library
4550 Peck Road
El Monte, CA
12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (only Tues)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Wed thru Sat)

Contact
Tony Bu, Senior Planner
tbu@elmonteca.gov  
(626) 580-2152