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  • North Main Street District Specific Plan
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    North Main Street District Specific Plan

    Client: City of Corona

    Market Sector: General Real Estate, Mixed-Use, Government

    Project Location: Corona, CA

    ESA PCR prepared the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Specific Plan and General Plan Amendments to seven planning areas covering 60 acres within the North Main Street District Specific Plan in the city of Corona. The City is considering several potential development opportunities on infill sites along one of the City’s busiest commercial corridors. These infill sites are located within the larger 258-acre area regulated by the North Main Street District Specific Plan. The City is also considering several specific development proposals within the affected sites, consistent with the proposed amendments.

    ESA PCR prepared a Master EIR in order to address overall cumulative, growth-inducing, and any significant irreversible impacts of the amended Specific Plan, as well as streamline subsequent environmental review for development projects within the affected planning areas. ESA PCR completed the EIR on schedule and within budget limits, and the proposed project was approved and the EIR after one Planning Commission meeting and one City Council hearing.

    Practices Involved:

    • Environmental Planning & Documentation
    • Air Quality
    • Climate Change
    • Acoustics
    • GIS/GPS Technologies

  • STAPLES Center and L.A. Live
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    STAPLES Center and L.A. Live

    Client: Anschutz Entertainment Group

    Market Sector: Entertainment, Mixed-Use, General Real Estate

    Project Location: Los Angeles, CA

    ESA PCR prepared the EIRs for the Los Angeles Sports Complex (STAPLES Center) and the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District (L.A. Live) projects totaling 36 acres on eight city blocks located adjacent to the Los Angeles Convention Center Complex in downtown Los Angeles.  STAPLES Center opened in the fall of 2000 and L.A. live has since completed all three phases of development. These two projects provided for the development of over 1.5 million square feet of retail, hotel, entertainment, restaurant and office uses, 9,000 parking spaces, and 800 residential units transforming the area to an entertainment and destination venue.

    ESA PCR led the preparation effort, directed a number of specialized technical subconsultants, and swiftly led the projects through two City of Los Angeles departments and facilitated communication and coordination to ensure the projects’ success. The controversial L.A. Live project was litigated in an attempt to overturn the certification of the EIR. It was ESA PCR’s meticulous attention to detail, effective communication, and solid documentation attributed to the dismissal of the case and the EIR was upheld.

    Practices Involved:

    • Environmental Planning & Documentation
    • Air Quality
    • Climate Change
    • Acoustics
    • Historic Resources
    • GIS/GPS Technologies

  • Queen Mary Fine and Decorative Arts Survey and Conservation Management Plan
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    Queen Mary Fine and Decorative Arts Survey and Conservation Management Plan

    Client: City of Long Beach

    Market Sector: Entertainment, General Real Estate, Institutional

    Project Location: Long Beach, CA

    ESA PCR conducted an inventory of the fine art and decorative art objects on board the RMS Queen Mary. The inventory sought to document and protect valuable resources on the ship for conservation purposes. ESA PCR developed a custom database to classify, catalog, and describe each item along with accompanying photographs.

    Using the survey results, ESA PCR prepared a Conservation Management Plan laying out a program that provides for continuity and consistency in conservation of the ship’s art and artifacts. While the Plan recognizes the full spectrum of conservation needs, the focus is on those prioritized actions that can be realistically accomplished with existing or obtainable resources.

    The Plan was adopted in 2011 and its implementation began with the short term preservation recommendations for priority conservation projects. The Plan is designed to be used in part or whole within grant applications and to support fundraising campaigns. Once benchmarks and goals are met, the City’s preservation management team will routinely revise and update strategies to ensure continued progress.

    Practices Involved:

    • Historic Resources

  • OC Public Works On-Call Environmental, Biological and Regulatory Permitting
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    OC Public Works On-Call Environmental, Biological and Regulatory Permitting

    Client: Orange County Public Works

    Market Sector: Infrastructure, Government, Peer Review, Research, Advisory

    Project Location: Orange County, CA

    ESA PCR has provided environmental analysis, biological resources assessments, and regulatory permit processing services for County flood control and parks projects as an on-call consultant for nearly 15 years. Over the course of multiple contracts, ESA PCR has provided the necessary, biological, environmental, and regulatory permitting services necessary to obtain requisite applicable regulatory permits through the appropriate resource agencies for numerous sites.

    Primary issues of concern over the course of several years and task orders have included development within the Coastal Zone and the Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) reserve system, threatened and endangered species, sediment and vegetation removal, and construction-related access.

    Practices Involved:

    • Environmental Planning & Documentation
    • Biology
    • Air Quality
    • Climate Change
    • Archaeology
    • Paleontology
    • GIS/GPS Technologies

  • Lytle Creek Development
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    Lytle Creek Development

    Client: Lytle Creek Development Company

    Market Sector: General Real Estate, Residential

    Project Location: San Bernardino County, CA

    ESA PCR has been involved with the Lytle Creek Development composed of the 3,300-acre Lytle Creek Ranch North Planned Development & Specific Plan in southwestern San Bernardino County since 1996. ESA PCR has been responsible for performing a comprehensive assessment of biological resources on-site to address CEQA, NEPA, as well as the California and Federal Endangered Species Acts, including several annual focused surveys and detailed vegetation mapping and inventoried high priority natural communities of concern to resource agencies.

    In addition to biology, ESA PCR identified and evaluated cultural and paleontological resources on the Ranch property and performed archaeological monitoring during earth moving activities on the North Planned Development. ESA PCR also prepared the air quality and global climate change technical reports to address the North Planned Development.

    Practices Involved:

    • Biology
    • Air Quality
    • Climate Change
    • Archaeology
    • Paleontology
    • GIS/GPS Technologies

  • Los Angeles International Airport Projects
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    Los Angeles International Airport Projects

    Client: Los Angeles World Airports

    Market Sector: Infrastructure

    Project Location: Los Angeles, CA

    As part of a large consulting team, ESA PCR provided environmental services in association with the LAX Master Plan since 1994.  The Master Plan represented the first major plans for new facilities and improvements to LAX since 1984 in part to support growth in passengers and cargo.  ES PCR prepared a substantial portion of the technical analyses to support CEQA and NEPA compliance.  Despite significant controversy, the Final EIR was certified in 2004 and the EIS Record of Decision was issued in 2005.

    Most recently, ESA PCR was part of a large team responsible for preparation of a Specific Plan Amendment Study (SPAS) EIR that re-evaluated certain components of the LAX Master Plan.  The Final EIR for the SPAS was published in January 2013.

    In addition to involvement in these region-defining programs, ESA PCR has provided environmental and other specialized technical consulting on several other airport-initiated projects, including:

    • South Airfield Improvement Project
    • Tom Bradley International Terminal Modernization & Upgrade
    • On-Call Los Angeles World Airports Air Quality Services
    • In-Line Baggage Screening Systems (Terminals 1-8)
    • Southwest Remain Overnight Apron Project
    • Crossfield Taxiway Project
    • LAX Central Utility Plant Replacement Project
    • West Aircraft Maintenance Area Project

    Practices Involved:

    • Environmental Planning & Documentation
    • Biology
    • Air Quality & Climate Change
    • Acoustics
    • Cultural Resources: Historic Resources, Archaeology & Paleontology
    • GIS/GPS Technologies

  • Los Angeles County’s Significant Ecological Areas Study
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    Los Angeles County’s Significant Ecological Areas Study

    Client: Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

    Market Sector: Government, Research, Advisory

    Project Location: Los Angeles, CA

    ESA PCR performed a study of the Los Angeles County’s Significant Ecological Areas (SEA) as a major component of its 2000 General Plan Update. The project was a scientifically rigorous planning study to delineate realistic SEA boundaries and improve overall project design.

    In addition to reviewing existing resource documentation, the ESA PCR biologists facilitated 21 public workshops and garnered input from resource agencies and public interest groups. The final product included a number of reports to address the findings, as well as a GIS-linked database of information.

    The study now serves as a planning tool to guide project applicants, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, the Significant Ecological Area Technical Advisory Committee (SEATAC), and County decision-makers in sound stewardship of the County’s biological resources.

    Practices Involved:

    • Biology
    • GIS/GPS Technologies

  • Peer Review of the I-710 Corridor Project EIR/EIS
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    Peer Review of the I-710 Corridor Project EIR/EIS

    Client: City of Commerce

    Market Sector: Infrastructure, Government, Peer Review, Research, Advisory

    Project Location: Commerce, CA

    ESA PCR performed a comprehensive review of the Draft EIR/EIS circulated by Caltrans focused on environmental consequences, benefits, and impacts of the I-710 Corridor Project on the City of Commerce. The I-710 Corridor Project strives to decrease congestion and improve safety along the principal transportation connection for goods movement between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and rail yards in the cities of Commerce and Vernon. ESA PCR reviewed the documents and evaluated and commented on errors in the analyses, recommendations to add clarifying analysis, and/or citation of additional measures to feasibly mitigate the project’s impacts in the City of Commerce particularly with regard to property takes, job loss, noise, air quality/health effects, and traffic. ESA PCR provided the City with a comprehensive list of comments which reflect the input and interests of the City, the community, and stakeholders all within a very tight schedule.

    Practices Involved:

    • Environmental Planning & Documentation
    • Biology
    • Air Quality
    • Climate Change
    • Acoustics
    • Historic Resources
    • Archaeology
    • Paleontology

  • Cascade Clean Energy Solar Array Project
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    Cascade Clean Energy Solar Array Project

    Client: Sun Edison

    Market Sector: Infrastructure

    Project Location: San Bernardino County, CA

    ESA PCR prepared the CEQA-Level archaeological, paleontological, and biological resources assessments for the proposed Cascade Solar Facility, an 18.5 MW photovoltaic solar energy generation facility located on nearly 160 acres in unincorporated San Bernardino County.

    ESA PCR biologists conducted a general biological survey, habitat assessment, and vegetation mapping.  Key biological issues addressed in the assessment included the potential impact on sensitive plants, desert tortoises, burrowing owls, and wildlife movement. ESA PCR biologists performed presence/absence surveys for the desert tortoise and burrowing owl surveys in accordance with respective survey protocols.

    ESA PCR’s archaeological assessment included identification and evaluation of existing features. Upon identification of prehistoric archaeological resources, ESA PCR archaeologists performed test excavations of these artifacts and prepared a report of their findings. ESA PCR paleontologists performed a records search and the associated paleontological assessment survey and report.

    Practices Involved:

    • Biology
    • Archaeology
    • Paleontology
    • GIS/GPS Technologies

  • Crystal Geyser Roxane Cabin Bar Ranch Water Bottling Facility Project
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    Crystal Geyser Roxane Cabin Bar Ranch Water Bottling Facility Project

    Client: County of Inyo

    Market Sector: General Real Estate

    Project Location: Inyo County, CA

    ESA PCR prepared the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Crystal Geyser Roxane Cabin Bar Ranch Water Bottling Facility in the Owens Valley, Inyo County, California. Groundwater extraction and groundwater quality are controversial issues in the Owens Valley and ESA PCR analyzed a three-phase, 15-year buildout of the proposed facility and ancillary uses. The overall project will pump spring water to supply a water bottling facility with four bottling lines and a warehouse. In response to the sensitivity surrounding groundwater and air quality in the Owens Valley, ESA PCR’s planners and air quality scientists worked with the project applicant, Inyo County, project hydrogeologist, and adjacent landowners to address primary issues of concern. ESA PCR made every effort to ensure a successful project while protecting nearby groundwater users and groundwater-dependent biological resources.

    Practices Involved:

    • Environmental Planning & Documentation
    • Biology
    • Air Quality
    • Climate Change
    • Acoustics
    • Historic Resources
    • Archaeology
    • Paleontology
    • GIS/GPS Technologies