Hearing on Waterfront Wall for Wilmington

Opposition in Wilmington to a plan by port officials to build a mile-long, 20-foot-high wall near the waterfront is growing.

Port officials agreed to schedule a meeting on the issue after residents complained at a public meeting held by Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr. last week.

Tonight's meeting begins at 7 in Hawaiian Avenue Elementary School's auditorium, 540 Hawaiian Ave.

Some residents favor the wall--a sound buffer that is part of plans to establish a truck route from the Harbor Freeway to Alameda Street. But more are opposed, saying the wall will isolate Wilmington from the port waters it was founded on.

Activist Gertrude Schwab, a former harbor commissioner, has accused the port of railroading the plan through without community input.

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