EL MONTE>> The long-awaited Walmart Supercenter project could be delayed for months as the city may have to prepare a new environmental report on the store’s potential impacts.
The project was slated to be developed at the northeast corner of Valley Boulevard and Arden Drive.
In November, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that the original report failed to adequately address the project’s impacts on traffic and air quality, and as a result, “the public will suffer irreparable harm.”
In response, the city requested a new trial and reconsideration of the November judgment. Judge John Torribio heard arguments Thursday from both the city and lawyer Gideon Kracov, who represents resident Aaron Montenegro and other residents who filed the lawsuit against the city in January 2016.
Kracov said Torribio is set to issue a final ruling on the motions in 7-10 days. A tentative judicial order issued before Thursday’s hearing listed both requests as denied.
While the city and Walmart have yet to decide on their future course of action, city Economic Development Director Minh Thai said it would cost $80,000-100,000 and take six months to prepare a new environmental report that addresses the areas the court deemed inadequate.
The new environmental report would then have to be approved by the city Planning Commission and then by the City Council.
Kracov said his clients are hoping the judgment is enough to convince the city not to let the project move…
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