Press Release

Boys & Girls Club

Notice Is Hereby Given that the Eureka City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 9, 2008, at 5:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the Council Chamber, Eureka City Hall, 531 “K” Street, Eureka, California, to consider the certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and the Conditional Use Permit for the following application:

Project Title: Harris & “J” Street Boys & Girls Club

Project Applicant: Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods

Case No: C-06-004        CEQA State Clearinghouse Number: 2006092019        

Project Location: 939 Harris Street; APN 011-181-001

Zoning & General Plan: Public

Project Description: The applicant is requesting approval of a Conditional Use Permit to allow the expansion of the use on the site to afford greater recreational opportunities for area youth.  The project proposes the demolition and salvage of the existing building.  Salvaged materials will be transported off site.  The construction of a 32,670 square foot two-story structure is proposed to occur on the property.  The first story will be approximately 28,000 square feet in size and provide recreational opportunities including a double gymnasium with audience stands, locker/shower rooms, a fully equipped tech center, a movie theater room, a teen lounge and teen game room, a kid play room, music/drama and arts/crafts room, a study area, a conference/classroom, and exercise/weight room, adequate office space for staff, equipment and materials storage, built in sound and security/surveillance systems and fully accessible restrooms.  All youth serving areas would be on the first floor in a layout that would give maximum staff supervision.  Club central offices and additional staff and storage space would be on a partial second floor, which would have an overhead view of the gymnasium area.  The exterior design of the building is similar to the existing structure, with an emphasis on blending in with the surrounding community.  Facility plans also include an entry/lobby area with interpretive signage detailing the historic background of the site; from the 1916 Trolley Barn which was torn down by the City in the 1940s to the subsequent wood lot, to the Carson Memorial Building.   The maximum height of the proposed structure will be approximately 52 feet; setbacks, landscape buffers, off-loading areas, and parking will be provided. Improvements to the existing bus stop are planned to accommodate the increase in teen and pre-teen clients utilizing the site via public transportation.

Environmental: The proposal is a “project” as defined by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and is subject to the provisions of the Act.  A Draft and Final EIR were prepared and circulated for review as required by CEQA.  The Final EIR concludes that demolition of the structure could potentially be a significant impact, and therefore a Statement of Overriding Considerations would be required if the project were approved.