Be on forefront of Nelles’ future

By Conal McNamara

Whittier Director of Community Development

WHITTIER – The city has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Lincoln Specific Plan — commonly known as the site of the former Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility.

To assist the public in their review of the Lincoln Specific Plan Draft EIR, an informational meeting has been scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave.

The proposed Lincoln Specific Plan has been submitted by the project developer, Brookfield Residential, and proposes the development of up to 750 housing units and about 208,350 square feet of commercial space. In addition, the project proposes nine planning areas distributing commercial and residential land uses with Independence Park as its central component.

There are three commercial and six residential planning areas. Additionally, four historically significant structures are proposed to be rehabilitated and integrated into the project area. The DEIR provides information about potentially significant impacts, identifies ways to minimize these impacts, and evaluates feasible alternatives.

The Draft EIR will be available for public review from now through Dec. 1, 2014. It is available on the city’s website at, and can also be reviewed in hard copy at the following locations:

• Whittier City Hall, Community Development Department, 13230 Penn St., Second Floor.
• Whittier Central Library, 7344 S. Washington Ave.
• Whittwood Branch Library, 10537 Santa Gertrudes Ave.

To receive notification of further meetings or for questions regarding the proposed project, call me at (562) 567-9320 or via email at


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