Residents cite traffic concerns in Home Depot relocation plan

first_imgLA MIRADA – Plans by Home Depot officials to build a new store at the mostly vacant Crossroads Shopping Center on Imperial Highway have drawn fire from residents worried that the construction will disrupt traffic. An informational meeting Wednesday night on the proposal drew about 100 residents to the La Mirada Resource Center, where Home Depot and city officials explained details of the company’s plans to move its store from the current site at La Mirada Boulevard and Imperial Highway to the shopping center, which is just to the west. The plans call for Wicker Drive at Imperial Highway and Hutchins Drive at La Mirada Boulevard to be closed during construction. But residents – particularly those in neighboring unincorporated South Whittier – said closing the two streets would make it difficult to get in and out of their neighborhood. Residents said they normally take Hutchins or Wicker to Telegraph Road to access their homes. “There’s just one way in or out,” said South Whittier resident Edward Madrigal. But La Mirada resident Phil Glenn said closing the streets would eliminate cut-through traffic by drivers trying to avoid the La Mirada Boulevard/Imperial Highway intersection. City planner Ruben Arceo said that after listening to the residents’ comments, officials now will re-evaluate all the plans. “We will take these concerns and look at them again,” he said. Meanwhile, residents and officials are awaiting an environmental impact report for the project, which is expected to be released in May. Street closures weren’t the only concerns residents raised. Some said they worried that the new Home Depot would increase truck traffic on Hutchins Drive, a residential street to the rear of the proposed new store. Residents also were not sure what will happen to the old store site once Home Depot moves out. “Aren’t we trading one blighted area for another?” asked La Mirada resident Paul Scott. “I’m concerned about what you would leave there.” But Rick Greene, real estate manager for Home Depot, believes the old site will quickly be snapped up by another retailer or developer. “Vacant properties do not remain on the market for long,” said Greene. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more