Commission delays vote on Tennessee Street warehouse project

Planning commissioners and the public pushback on the proposed distribution warehouse near schools

Commission delays vote on Tennessee Street warehouse project
The former La-Z-Boy manufacturing facility at 301 Tennessee Street, now owned by Prologis Inc., is the site of a proposed 197,000-square-foot distribution warehouse. (Photo: Community Forward Redlands)

REDLANDS, Calif. – The Redlands Planning Commission delayed the vote on whether to approve a conditional use permit for a proposed distribution warehouse in South Redlands on Tuesday evening. 

After a motion to deny the application was seconded, city staff advised the Commission to hold the vote until the next meeting. This would give staff time to prepare a resolution to deny the project.

Why it matters: The motion to deny the proposal for a new 197,397-square-foot distribution warehouse at the site of the former La-Z-Boy factory followed a two-and-a-half-hour public hearing. The plans for a distribution warehouse, just a few hundred feet from local schools and positioned near two busy intersections, were halted after commissioners and the public questioned the project's impact on traffic, air quality and aesthetics. 

In addition to the 20 public commenters, divided in their support of the project, the Commission received 55 letters about the project, most in opposition. 

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