In a blatant slap to the face of the Sunland-Tujunga community, Home Depot, on Friday, erected a chain link fence around the site of their proposed store.
A contractor's representative, supervising the fence building, told a local that they intend to start remodeling the former K-Mart on Monday(Nov 27).
What makes Home Depot's sudden actions such a slap in the face is that the community is currently in the middle of an Appeal questioning the very issuance of those building permits. The community is also still waiting for Home Depot to hand over their latest plans for review of what exactly they intend to do with the building (a very reasonable request, by the way).
Additionally, there remain many unresolved issues, not the least of which is what Home Depot plans to do with the old Penske Auto Repair Center that is part of the former K-Mart building.
For Home Depot to use this area as their intended Pro-Desk and customer pick-up, they would need to apply for a "change of use" permit, something that the company has fought to avoid due to the ensuing environmental assessment that would be required.
Instead, Home Depot claims that the Auto Repair use will remain the same, even though
auto repair is a service that Home Depot does not provide!
Does the term "Piecemeal" come to mind?
You can read more about the "change of use" issue HERE
At a recent Sunland-Tujunga NC meeting regarding the proposed project, Home Depot was only able to produce 7 supporters (total attendance was 360 people, a pretty impressive turn-out by NC standards). The Home Depot representatives could only watch and listen as one after another, locals and non locals stood and spoke out against the proposed store.
Instead of listening to the message from the community, or waiting for the Appeal process to play out, Home Depot has elected to erect a fence and staff the property with security guards.
Besides my posts here at Mayor Sam and at the No2HomeDepot.com website, Home Depot has been subject to even more local criticism for their major sponsorship of Prop R(they kicked in $25,000), their close ties to the Mayor ( HD lawyers accompanied him on his trip to Asia), and a continuing investigation by NBC over consumer rip-off allegations (http://www.nbc4.tv/homedepotinvestigation/index.html).
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