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Annenberg Foundation Drops Proposed Rancho Palos Verdes Project

The Annenberg Foundation has pulled out of a controversial project that would have created a community center with a focus on animals at Lower Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The Foundation's Executive Director Leonard Aube on Wednesday sent a letter to Mayor Tom Long announcing plans to withdraw its planning applications for the project.

"Subsequent to Council action the project evolved and improved in response to continuous community feedback and participation," Aube said in the letter. "Notwithstanding the positive developments and sound progress, unforseen delays this past year and changed circumstances related to entitlements compel the Foundation to withdraw its application."

This action was made in light of concerns expressed by state and federal authorities over whether the project would be allowed under use restrictions on the former military land. and follows comments to the city from the National Park Service, which oversees the use of former federal land, and from the state parks department's Office of Grants and Local Services. The two agencies had said the project might conflict with longstanding restrictions on the property that indicate it must be used as a public park.

The proposed project was met with highly vocal opposition from residents concerned that this irreplaceale ocean-side site would be used for a companion pet center that they believed was not an optimum use for the site

I do believe that it is a shame that benefits of the project were not really understood by the opponents to the project.  I think that the improvements to the site, particularly the new ecologically favorable landscaping planned would have made the site would have been nice, and that it will be years before the weed infested site will be improved to a park.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsMaureen Megowan • August 12 2011 05:30PM


Maureen: What were the locals hoping for? 

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) over 9 years ago

Anne,  Very good question.  Mostly, they were just against the size of the building and the proposed use of the building.  Most did not see the need for an educational facility based pm "Companion Animals".  The project was going to have 10 pet adoption rooms and exhibits about companion animals.  Most wuld rather the money be donated to local animal shelters.

Posted by Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog (Remax Estate Properties - ) over 9 years ago

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