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Marina Center

The project applicant proposes a mixed-use development that would include approximately 313,500 sq. ft. of Retail, 104,000 sq. ft. of Office, 72,000 sq. ft. of Multi-Family Residential (54 dwelling units), and 70,000 sq. ft. of Light Industrial use. The project would include approximately 1,590 parking spaces, including about 462 spaces in a four-level parking structure. 


The project site is located in the City of Eureka on a 43 acre site that is generally bounded by Waterfront Drive to the north and west, Washington Street to the south, and Broadway (Highway 101) to the east. More info, including the Draft EIR, Final EIR, and public comments submitted, is available on the City of Eureka's Marina Center website.



Developers Withdraw Marina Center Permit Application
Written by Thadeus Greenson, North Coast Jurnal   

4/7/15

 

It easily could have been taken as an April Fool's joke.


On April 1, Security National Vice President Mike Casey filed papers with the California Coastal Commission, withdrawing the company’s application for a coastal development permit that would have paved the way for the first phase of the long-debated Marina Center development on Eureka’s blighted Balloon Track property.


The permit application has been pending for years, since Humboldt Baykeeper appealed the permit’s approval by the Eureka City Council, pushing the matter before the Coastal Commission. The appeal process had essentially stalled in a standoff between Security National subsidiary CUE VI and the Coastal Commission, with Coastal Commission staff requesting a host of documentation from CUE VI in order to vet the permit and the developers refusing to comply.

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Movement on Balloon Track; state lands resolution, Supreme Court decision for Marina Center project
Written by Thadeus Greenson, Times Standard   

9/30/11

Eureka’s Balloon Track property saw move­ment on two fronts in recent days, leaving something to cheer about for both propo­nents and detractors of the proposed Marina Center development.

With the Eureka City Council poised to consider approving a settlement agreement — years in the making — with the State Lands Commission, the California Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it is deny­ing a request to review a court ruling uphold­ing the California Coastal Commission’s jurisdiction over a coastal development per­mit for the project.

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Coastal Commission has jurisdiction over Balloon Track

6/29/11

A lawsuit by the so-called “Citizens for a Better Eureka” (CBE) has bombed out in the California 1st District Court of Appeals, which affirmed the lower court’s decision that the California Coastal Commission (CCC) does indeed have jurisdiction over Balloon Track property.

CBE argued the CCC didn’t have authority to hear appeals filed by environmental groups, Humboldt County Planning Commissioner Ralph Faust and two members of the CCC itself over a Coastal Development Permit approved by the City of Eureka in 2009. The higher court disagreed.

“[W]e affirm the judgment denying CBE’s petition for writ of mandate that seeks to prevent the appeal from going forward,” the court wrote in its decision filed Wednesday. Read it here.

The Appeals Court agreed with the Coastal Commission and wrote in its ruling that “the Phase 1 development [of the Marina Center project] ‘goes far beyond just nuisance abatement.’” Phase 1 is designed to prepare the property for a big box mall rather than simply address nuisance issues.

CBE was represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation.  Balloon Track owner Rob Arkley is a past board member of PLF.

 

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Victory At The Ballot Box May Not Save Measure N
Written by Amy Coombs, EcoNews   

December 2010

Even as hazardous waste cleanup begins at Eureka’s Balloon Track, the threat of development continues to mount. 


In July citizen groups filed suit against the City of Eureka, contesting the environmental review behind Measure N. If they are successful, development plans may come to a grinding halt and Measure N may be contested.

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Security National, Baykeeper settle Balloon Track suit; agreement has SN paying Baykeeper $1.8 million, allowing input on cleanup
Written by Thadeus Greenson, Times-Standard   

9/23/10

In a rare moment of solidarity, Humboldt Baykeeper and Security National both hailed a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the environmental group over contamination on Eureka's Balloon Track property as a good thing and a step forward for the community.

Filed in 2006, Baykeeper's suit was initially brought against Union Pacific Railroad but was inherited by Security National when its subsidiary, CUE VI, purchased the Balloon Track property from the railroad company in October 2006 with its sights set on building the Marina Center, a 42-acre mixed-use development featuring residential, office and retail space as well as an 11-acre wetland reserve.

The suit sought an injunction mandating Security National to clean up the property and to prevent contaminated storm water discharges from running into Humboldt Bay from the property, which contains contaminants from old underground fuel tanks and rail maintenance activities.

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