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DATE: MARCH 21, 2006
Staff Coordinator: Karen Peterson, Administrative Analyst
Authorize the Peninsula Seniors to file a Special Use Permit application to allow two rented trailers, including an office trailer and a portable classroom, to be temporarily located at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park.
The Peninsula Seniors are seeking a temporary location for their Senior Center due to the expiration of their non-renewable lease on the office space that they currently occupy. They expect to have a permanent senior center built within two years as part of the proposed Crestridge Villas Senior Housing Project sited at the corner of Crestridge Road and Crenshaw Boulevard. In the interim, Staff and Peninsula Seniors representatives agree that Abalone Cove Shoreline Park would be the best site for two temporary trailers which the Seniors would use for their activities and for office space with no additional cost to the City.
For the past 25 years, the Peninsula Seniors, a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation, has provided services and activities primarily to senior citizens who live, for the most part, on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Peninsula Seniors are supported by community and corporate contributions as well as membership fees and donations paid by their members. Currently, there are 1,560 Peninsula Senior members, including 936 Rancho Palos Verdes residents (60% of total membership). For a basic membership fee of $35 per year, members have access to a wide variety of services, including financial and legal counseling, income tax preparation, health fairs, a low vision support group, library loans, and A.A.R.P. Driver Safety Classes. Members can also participate in a number of weekday activities such as bridge, bingo, arts and crafts, exercise classes, weekly lectures, and bus trips to local theaters and other entertainment events.
Currently, the Peninsula Seniors lease over 2,800 square feet of office space located at 810 Silver Spur Road in Rolling Hills Estates. Their current lease will expire in February 2007 and the owner is unwilling to renew their lease. The Peninsula Seniors expect to have a permanent senior center built within the next two years as part of the proposed Crestridge Villas Senior Housing Project sited at the corner of Crestridge Road and Crenshaw Boulevard. In the meantime, representatives of the Peninsula Seniors have explored the option of renting office space elsewhere but have been unable to locate a suitable replacement.
Recently, Ken Dyda, Peninsula Seniors President, approached Staff with a request for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to assist in providing temporary accommodations for the Peninsula Seniors. The Seniors want to maintain their current level of service and activities which primarily take place on weekdays during daytime hours.
Proposed Location for Temporary Peninsula Senior Center
After analyzing various locations within Rancho Palos Verdes, Staff found that the parking lot at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park would provide the best location for the two Senior Center trailers. Abalone Cove is isolated from surrounding homes and would offer access to utilities plus ample parking for Peninsula Seniors and park patrons. View impact for nearby homes is expected to be minimal, particularly if the trailers were placed immediately west of the bushy vegetation located near the northwest corner of the parking lot near Annie’s Stand.
Locating the trailers at the Abalone Cove site may have minimal overall impact on the surrounding neighborhood and on the current uses of the park. Seniors activities would take place primarily during the daytime. School and public tours of the nearby tidepools held several times per month would continue and park patrons would still have access to ample parking, drop-in park use, the beach, and trails at the site. Currently, most Abalone Cove patrons park towards the eastern portion of the lot by the trailhead, which is on the opposite end of the lot from the proposed Senior Center location. No groups currently using the site would be displaced if the proposed trailers were moved to Abalone Cove. Seniors who use the proposed Center’s services would not pay a fee for parking in the Abalone Cove parking lot.
Two Trailers Option
The Peninsula Seniors have agreed to pay for all of the following trailer related expenses, including:
1. Installation of the two trailers with skirting and ramp for access to both;
Staff has determined that the cost to provide on-site staff for Seniors’ activities outside of regular park hours at Abalone Cove would be approximately $7,000 per year. On July 1, 2006 the Seniors are scheduled to receive a $7,000 grant for Fiscal Year 2006-2007. While they are at their temporary location, the Seniors are willing to forgo the City’s grant and have the $7,000 transferred to the Recreation & Parks Abalone Cove part-time staff budget to offset the increased staff cost.
Although the proposed trailer location does not fall within the coastal setback area, a Coastal Permit would also be required due to the site’s location within the City’s Coastal Zone. If the application is approved, the permit would be issued by the City’s Planning Department Director and carries a fee of $667.
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park is a viable location for a temporary Peninsula Seniors Center. Allowing two trailers to be placed in the Abalone Cove parking lot for use by the Seniors would benefit older residents of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Peninsula without significantly impacting the park’s neighbors and patrons.
There would be no cost to the City for temporarily locating two trailers at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park since the Peninsula Seniors have agreed to pay trailer set-up fees and recurring trailer rental fees. Staff has determined that the cost to provide additional on-site staff coverage for the Seniors’ activities outside of regular park hours at Abalone Cove would be approximately $7,000 per year. The Seniors are willing to forgo the City’s grant of $7,000 and have those funds transferred to the Recreation & Parks Abalone Cove part-time staff budget to offset the increased staff cost.
Letter of intent dated March 6, 2006 from Ken Dyda, Peninsula Seniors President