San Bernardino County Sun
Plant project raises a fuss
by Stephen WallStaff Writer
June 19, 2005 - GRAND TERRACE - Neighbors opposed to a manhole manufacturing plant say they plan to appeal the Planning Commission's approval of the project.
Despite their objections at a public hearing, the commission late Thursday approved plans for the 70,000 square-foot outdoor manufacturing and storage plant.
Riverside-based Manhole Builders is expected to build concrete pipes for manhole covers on five acres of industrially zoned land north of Vivienda Avenue and east of Terrace Avenue. Construction could start by late September.
"The pollution that we're going to have to live with is unacceptable," said Jerry Guthrie, a Vivienda Avenue resident. "The whole project is unacceptable."
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Now, when the city wants to change the use of a persons property, they come up with a zone change, and a plan, and the citizen be damned you are forced to surrender the property to either the redevelopment agency, or to the developer of the city's choice. So how dare the city say they can't do something about the intended use of this bottom land, which will flood out in the 100 year floods, which would be better used as a part of the Regional Park Development across the river. Check out all the fees, and environmental studies and the type of trucks, and dust control which will be used, and if the company is a good neighbor, why is it moving from its current location... All questions not answered.
Many of the same people complaining about this development are the same ones championing the use of the full force of City Powers to develop the Town Center and OutDoor Activity Center. Justice For all Private Property Owners, and maintaining a RURAL community should be at issue here. Sustainable, responsible development, which brings employment sufficient to support living in Grand Terrace should be the goal. Non Minimum Wage Jobs, Exploited Day Workers, and Dust, Traffic, and Pollution.