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Daily Breeze - Hawthorne City Council approves homes, new Target

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    Today is Thursday, March 01, 2007 Originally published Thursday, March 01, 2007 Updated Thursday, March 01, 2007 Hawthorne City Council approves homes, new
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      Today is Thursday, March 01, 2007
      Originally published Thursday, March 01, 2007
      Updated Thursday, March 01, 2007

      Hawthorne City Council approves homes, new Target
      Vote signs off despite regulators' concerns that proposed 176-house
      neighborhood and store will be too close to city's airport.
      By Doug Irving
      STAFF WRITER

      Hawthorne signed off this week on plans to build an entirely new
      neighborhood of high-end homes alongside the municipal airport, waving
      off concerns that runways and residents don't mix.

      The homes and a new Target megastore will replace an abandoned
      research center just east of the airport's runway, almost under the
      flight path of arriving planes. City leaders have praised the project
      as a way to bring new homeowners into the city and to recycle a patch
      of blighted land.


      But some aviation officials have questioned whether those homeowners
      will put up with planes humming over their roofs. A county commission
      opposed the project because a corner of the Target store will jut into
      a special zone intended to limit development near the runway.

      Hawthorne's City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday to override that opposition
      and let the project proceed. The decision came with little discussion
      and no debate, but after seven residents had taken turns applauding
      the project as an upgrade for the city. "This is going to bring so
      much class" to the neighborhood, said Darlene Love, who lives close to
      the project site.

      Plans for the project, called "Central Park," show a gated
      neighborhood of 176 houses with private yards, landscaped walkways and
      a community pool. The least expensive of the homes will likely sell
      for about half a million dollars.

      But it was the Target store that caught the attention of the county
      commission, which reviews developments around airports, and other
      regulators. The state Department of Transportation warned in a letter
      that the store "creates a new safety problem" by encroaching on the
      runway's protection zone.

      City leaders, though, noted that the small airport is already
      surrounded by buildings, and that only a small part of the Target
      store intrudes on the runway zone. They concluded that the "overriding
      benefits" of the project outweigh the issues raised by its proximity
      to the airport, as well as concerns about traffic and the added strain
      on city services.

      Councilman Gary Parsons, who had cast the lone vote against the
      project at an earlier meeting, was out of town Tuesday and did not
      participate in the final vote.
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