• Planning Commission’s Approval of Huntington Expansion Is Appealed


    The San Marino Planning Commission’s conditional appeal of a proposed expansion project that would increase the Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens’ above-ground footprint by more than 43,000 square feet has been appealed by a San Marino resident through his attorney.

    The matter will now go to the San Marino City Council at a public  hearing that has been scheduled for Monday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Barth Community Room at the Crowell Public Library. The City Council voted on accepting the appeal at last night’s meeting.

    The Huntington Education and Visitor Center Project – currently carrying a $60 million price tag – would include the construction or replacement of the Overseers’ Room, Garden Court, a multi-purpose room, the store and ticketing kiosk, a coffee shop, the café portion of the tea room building, the catering kitchen, restrooms and loading dock.

    Planning Commissioners debated a proposed limit on the number of busses which would be allowed to enter the facility. Currently, the institution is capped at 4,200 visitors for any given day. The Huntington wanted that attendance-taking method changed to a total of 2,950 vehicles per day which would be allowed to enter the grounds.

    At the November meeting, during which the project received approval, Planning Commissioner Howard Brody said the ordinance should either limit the count to [2,950] passenger vehicles or maintain the current visitor limit of 4,200, claiming that a large number of busses could  greatly surpass the figure. The ordinance later capped the number of non-school busses allowed to enter the property at four,  excepting four days a year when twenty may enter.

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