Anyone wanting to comment on the Annenberg Foundation's proposal to build a 46,000-square-foot interpretive center in the state-owned Ballona Wetlands should do so by March 16.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife recently signed an agreement with the private family foundation to pursue the project. Although an environmental review concerning Ballona Wetlands restoration plans already is under way, the state agency is accepting a new round of public comments on the interpretive center component. The deadline was March 1, but the department announced an extension Friday.
The center is proposed in a section of the 600-acre habitat that's known as Area C. Home to Little League baseball fields, Area C is bisected by Culver Boulevard and bordered by Lincoln Boulevard to the west, the Marina (90) Freeway to the east, Ballona Creek to the south, and housing developments to the north.
The center would include an auditorium, classrooms, lobby, facilities for an animal care and adoption program, animal exhibits, veterinary facilities, office space and more. It would also provide "themed adoption rooms" for dogs and cats and holding and intake space for future adoptive pets, according to the state's description of the project.
The foundation proposed a similar center in Rancho Palos Verdes that met opposition from residents and concerns from state and federal officials. It later dropped the plan there.
Comments on the Ballona Wetlands proposal should be submitted to: Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project, c/o Donna McCormick, 1 Ada, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92816. The email address is Donna.McCormick@icfi.com.
- Kristin S. Agostoni