The Port of Los Angeles has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the City Dock No. 1 Marine Research Center Project, which plans to offer a unique and ideally located site for use as a multi-faceted marine research facility, the Port Authority press release said.
The proposed project site is located at Berths 56-60 and Berths 70-71, on the south end of the Port’s Main Channel, in a prime location of the San Pedro section of the L.A. Waterfront. Berths 57-60 were formerly used for warehouse operations, and Berths 70-71 is the previous site of the Westway liquid bulk tank farm.
Facilities envisioned at this site include government and academic marine research laboratories, support activities for research vessels, a research and development park, business incubator for emerging marine environmental companies, and educational support facilities.
Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI), a research facility and nonprofit oceanographic institution currently headquartered on Terminal Island, would relocate and expand its campus to the City Dock location. SCMI is a consortium of 11 public and private colleges and universities in the Southern California and also has affiliations with the community college system and other institutions.
The draft EIR includes a discussion of the proposed project’s environmental impacts and identifies mitigation measures to reduce these impacts as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
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