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Local News in Brief : Fire Dept. Joins Protest on Project

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has joined neighborhood activists in protesting the Carson Planning Commission’s approval of a dense single-family home development on the edge of the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus.

Design changes that increased the density of the proposed project by nearly 30% and reduced the width of the streets have sparked opposition to the Lewis Homes development.

Fire officials, city planners and traffic engineers say the narrower streets could pose a hazard by impeding access by fire trucks in an emergency.

Despite the objections, planning commissioners voted 5 to 3 last week to approve the 132-unit development of four- and five-bedroom homes.

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The approval will stand unless the issue is appealed to the Carson City Council by next Wednesday.

A plan by another developer for a far denser 400-unit multifamily development on the site was rejected on appeal to the City Council in July, 1987.

The area is just south of the college and east of the intersection of the San Diego and Harbor freeways.


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