LOS ALAMITOS, CYPRESS : Los Alamitos Sues Cypress Over Project

Los Alamitos sued the city of Cypress on Wednesday over a report that concluded that a proposed business park on the border of the two cities would have little impact on Los Alamitos.

The developer of the 75-acre business park project, Cypress Development Partnership, was named as a co-defendant in the lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court. No hearing date has been set.

The development--dubbed the Cypress Business and Professional Center and next to the Los Alamitos Race Track--in part abuts Katella Avenue, a major thoroughfare through Los Alamitos that would be the development's most direct link to a nearby freeway.

Los Alamitos wants Cypress and the project developer to pay for street maintenance and improvements along Katella Avenue because of the development's impact, Allen said.

Los Alamitos City Atty. Thomas W. Allen said an environmental impact report prepared for the city of Cypress did not adequately address the impact the development would have on his city.

"The majority of the traffic that goes to the race track now passes through Los Alamitos," he said. "And it is probable that the majority of the traffic going to the business park would also pass along Katella to I-605 (San Gabriel River Freeway)."

The lawsuit does not specify how much money Los Alamitos wants. However, Cypress Mayor Cecilia L. Age said Los Alamitos asked for $2.8 million from Cypress.

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