June 25, 2008
Chabad finds possible solution to land-use problem in Pacific Palisades
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Meanwhile, while further investigating the access issue, Chabad is preparing documentation to file a conditional-use permit for the proposed preschool site. Cunin has assured Councilman Rosendahl that the preschool will not open until all the conditions have been met and that access through Bellino Drive is not an option.
Kim Clary, president of the Castellammare Mesa Home Owners Association, said that the homeowners would oppose a conditional-use permit.
"People, especially those around the rim up there, don't want a preschool," she said, adding that increased noise and traffic, particularly at the intersection of Los Liones Drive and Sunset Boulevard remain concerns.
Cunin is trying to get a further extension on the preschool current site at Temescal Gateway Park, as well as exploring other temporary locations. Cunin also said a day care for up to 14 children can be legally operated in any residence.
"There's nothing we need to open the school for 28 children [14 in the morning, 14 in the afternoon] at this time," he said.
While the Mormon Church maintains its refusal to provide access through its parking lot, spokesperson Atkinson wishes the neighborhood were less crowded.
"Chabad needs a place somewhere," he said. "They do good work and need to have their place in the community like anyone else."
Cunin and students at the current preschool at Temescal Gateway Park. Photo by Jane Ulman
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