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Speaking up for MBC plan

I regret the Planning Commission decided against recommending the Malibu Bay Company’s (MBC) Development Agreement (DA) to the Malibu City Council. I believe the DA worked out by the city and MBC is fair to all parties involved, particularly with regard to the following amenities, which I believe offer a lot for the residents of Malibu.

I support the DA because it allows the replacement of a 50-year-old building, which currently houses the Malibu Urgent Care Center, with a new state of the art urgent care center. In a community that can be considered as rural as Catalina Island, we cannot afford to overlook Malibu’s need for a top-notch local medical facility, which the MBC is willing to build. I support tearing down the current postal distribution center in the civic center (next to the urgent care center) and building a larger facility on the Ioki site. The current postal distribution center is much too small to handle Malibu’s burgeoning postal needs.

I support the MBC’s commitment to not develop the Chili Cook-off site and Island Parcel for ten years and that three of their other civic center properties shall remain open space. I firmly believe the MBC’s plans for those sites (and others) demonstrate their sensitivity to Malibu’s desire to keep the development density of each property down to a minimum. This is evidenced by the fact that the footprints of the buildings on all of their properties in Malibu will cover only a small fraction of the land. From the standpoint of beautifully landscaped open space, I think that’s a good thing.

I also support the DA worked out between the MBC and the city which offers the donation of a piece of land on Point Dume to the city that’s worth in excess of $16 million as well as $5 million to build a community center and ball fields. A vocal group of people do not support this donation because they want the community center to be in Trancas or the Civic Center or other? Since Point Dume is the geographic and population center of Malibu, I believe that makes it the most logical location for a community center and ball fields.

I challenge the silent supporters of the DA to become vocal about their support by either writing to the City Council or attending the council meetings. Then, in November, when we vote on this agreement, I hope this silent majority will take the time to vote for their approval of the DA. Let’s not forget that if it fails, Malibu loses the donation of land and money to build a community center and ball fields at Point Dume as well as having a state of the art medical facility. That would be an unfortunate loss to Malibu.

Howard Matlow

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