A New 7-11 is coming to San Pedro after a yearlong battle with the developer and neighbors. The Harbor Area Planning commission voted 4-1 to approved the 7-11 that will be located on an vacant at 1831 S. Pacific Ave. With other liquor stores in the near vanity, neighbors worry about late night drinking and loitering. But business leaders and some community leaders indicated a safer place to shop.
The area along Pacific Ave does have a handful of convince stores that services the local community which has a lack of a large grocery change store. Vons market on 13th street and Gaffey street has been serving a this large area since 1984.
A Los Angeles city zoning administrator denied the store's request to sell beer and wine and also its desire to operate on a 24-hour schedule, limiting hours instead to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The property owner withdrawing its beer and license request, saying the developer would not reapply for such a use during the first year of the store's operation.
Properties along Pacific Ave near downtown San Pedro have remained undeveloped for decades. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn and her staff have worked with the community and the property owner to help mitigate some of the concerns. This is an area the city and neighbors have expressed interests in improving.
Revisions by the developer include a 6-foot-tall, "green" graffiti-proof sound wall, special lighting both outside and inside the store, and the offer to provide office space for the Los Angeles Police Department that could be used either as a substation or work station. The developer also has pledged to make donations to nonprofit community causes, such as Clean San Pedro.
Supporters, which include the community's business leaders, say the store will bring in needed business, jobs and tax revenue.
But some of adjacent neighbors are worried about increased night time traffic in or around the surrounding neighborhood.