Seal Beach Planning Commission rejects controversial LA Fitness center

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People celebrate as the Seal Beach planning commission deny a conditional use permit for a new L.A. Fitness at The Shops at Rossmoor in Seal Beach, California, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The developers of the proposed health club are sitting in the front row. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

In a long, late-night session the Seal Beach Planning Commission voted 3-2 early Wednesday morning, June 28, against approving an LA Fitness health club in the Shops at Rossmoor center.

The gym would sit in a parking lot behind Sprouts grocery store off Seal Beach Boulevard, a location also known as being part of the site for the annual Taste for Los Al fundraiser to benefit activities at Los Alamitos High School.

The developer now has 10 days to appeal the ruling to the City Council after July 17, when the Planning Commission is scheduled to approve a resolution denying the club’s construction.

 

It was the second setback in a year for the project’s promoters.  After being denied last year real estate consultant Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) pulled the application rather than subject it to a second vote in August that would officially uphold the appeal. But the issue returned in December when JLL resubmitted essentially the same plan.

This time around, three planning commissioners signed off on the environmental impact report. But then Chairwoman Deb Machen crossed over and voted with Robert Aguilar and Patty Campbell to deny JLL a conditional use permit.

 

Susan Christian Goulding has the complete story in the Orange County Register.

Author: LStrawther

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