On a 5-0 vote, the Santa Clarita Planning Commission decided to allow the replacement of the old U.S. Borax building’s parking structure with a bigger one – and the removal of two small “volunteer” oak trees – to make way for a Kaiser Permanente medical center.
The commission approved the action after hearing from project officials and community members, some for and some against aspects of the plan.
“The project will bring 200 specialty medical positions to the Santa Clarita Valley, which is a tremendous asset for us,” said Holly Schroeder, CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp.
Community members had sent in 47 letters, four of which were in support and 43 in opposition to the proposed project. Opponents cited concerns about noise, parking structure height, hours of operation and construction hours, according to the staff report.
“My neighbors and I feel this community has kept its promise to be built as planned. This commission and the City Council have done a very good job of balancing our economic growth with responsible development, which has created jobs while still maintaining our good quality of life. This Kaiser threatens that, I believe,” said James McLafferty, a resident of the Woodlands community who said lives about 500 feet from the project.
The action originally went to the commission in January and was continued to allow time for consultation with the Fernando-Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. On Feb. 2 the city received a transmittal from the tribe stating it concluded the project did not require Native American monitoring or inspections, according to the staff report.
The Planning Commission made final approval for the project, said Jason Crawford, marketing and economic development manager at city of Santa Clarita. However, the project is now in an appeal period.
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Oh good no more going to Panorama City and/or Woodland Hills Kaiser.
From what I know, this will not be a full service hospital. Just more medical offices and another pharmacy
yes, that is what I heard also
Specialties building. specialties departments that are in pan city will come to scv.
Allergy? That would be good
Not the trees!
Makes good firewood
Chris Goertemiller your profession constitutes your “I don’t care,” response but thanks for the humor. #peoplewhocutdowntreessuck ??
Look Dee Walton !!!!
Leave the trees!
They have to take them
I’m sure the trees will just be moved somewhere else ?
The people of this valley desperately need a major Kaiser Hospital out here.
originally, that’s what I thought this was to have a hospital up here
Thinking this isn’t a hospital based upon the info I Googled.
OMG, thank you. I just hate going into the SFV for care.
Ashley, that is fantastic that they are now turning it into a medical center in lieu of the medical office we’ve had all these years. That is very good for you guys and me to some extent.
Blessing Orage Yes, this will certainly save you some trips to Kaiser Sunset.
That is great news for those of us that have Kaiser. We need more doctors here in Santa Clarita.
Mandy Marie Maxwell woooo no more going to Panorama City for major stuff
Ki Mi Kristaline Connie
this is great news
Wahoo…not soon enough!
Very happy about this! Great location for our medical facilities.
So, The City Planning Com’s walked out to a group of Oak Trees and asked for two volunteers to “Take one for the Team”?
Thought the same thing. Sad.
Cynthia Daniel Edwin Lemus
Tiffany Curcio Terri Higgins
Dan Coates RA22 better start preparing now.
If they have an ER then that would be better
Medical facility is just that. Doctor offices. A hospital it’s not.
Omg I’m sooooo stupid happy!
Sandy Devis Holguin Adam Holguin
Does this mean they are going to built a Kaiser hospital in SCV?
Oak trees are a protected species by federal law. How can the city over rule that???
Courtesy of Kaiser!…
Renae Renae M James
Caren-Louis Lim balhin nya diri, magbike nalang ka to work, hehe
Maayo tah.. Basin Mga offices ra pud nah?
GREAT NEWS!!!!!! This will save many of SCV residents from driving to LA or the other SFV.
The current Urgent Care will continue and it is the best I could hope for. The Dr.’s are the best. Our growing community demands medical centers to grow to serve the community. When I require immediate care they have 12 hours of Urgent Care. The inconvenience will be necessary but I did not approve the Cities growth either.
Is this going to be done in our lifetime?
Great, hope they open Rad Onc dept?
It’s about time, yippee!