LOS ALAMITOS : Ministry Property Request to Be Studied

A youth ministry group’s request to operate out of a building in an industrial zone will be the subject of a public hearing tonight.

Lorani Ministry, a religious youth group affiliated with Grace Korean Church of Norwalk, wants to use property on Portal Drive to hold Bible study classes and other activities. The group has about 120 high school-aged members and several counselors.

Group officials said they plan to use the property only as a gathering place and do not plan to sponsor any public events there.

But neighbors, including a plastic molder and a sash and door manufacturer, say they fear that the emissions, truck traffic and noise from the area’s industry would be unsafe for the group.


“An industrial warehouse (with) forklifts and plastic fabrication do give off certain emissions,” said Ray Steele, owner of S.C. Services, an industrial film distribution business that would be next door to the youth ministry group. It would be “dangerous moving in and out of their facility while trucks are operating.”

The Planning Commission had approved the group’s request last month, but Councilman Anthony R. Selvaggi appealed its decision to the council. The council meets at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 3191 Katella Ave.