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PLANNERS OK INDUSTRIAL PARK.

Byline: Rick Orlov Daily News Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Planning Commission overruled its own staff Thursday and approved construction of a 65,000-square-foot industrial park in Pacoima.

The city's community plan called for apartment construction at the site, 12860 Vaughn St.

But with the land vacant for about 40 years - and with neighboring residents supporting plans for light industry - the Planning Commission sided with developer Marvin Solomon.

"Residents have made clear they do not want housing on this property," said Planning Commissioner Tony Zamora. "Due to the economic conditions in the area and what could be a horrific fight, I think we should approve this project."

The proposal calls for the construction of a two-story, 35-foot high building at 12860 Vaughn St.

District Councilman Richard Alarcon initially insisted on residential development, but he dropped his opposition when Solomon submitted petitions from neighbors backing the industrial park. At Thursday's hearing, about two dozen residents appeared in support of Solomon.

In a letter to the commission, Alarcon said he had asked Solomon to survey the neighborhood because of concern the project would intrude into a residential community.

Alarcon said he no longer is opposed to the project, but added that he has not yet decided whether to actively support it.

The Rev. William T. Broadus of Calvary Baptist Church said residents were more concerned about the impact of an apartment building than the industrial uses.

"We think this is the best thing for the community," Broadus said. "One of the things this community needs is jobs more than more apartments."

Solomon said he understood Alarcon's initial concerns, but was gratified at his change of position.

"This shows that the city will listen to the residents," Solomon said.

Alarcon did ask for some conditions to be included on the project, including limiting its hours of operations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., restrictions on lighting and various landscape improvements.
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