-Updated June 3, 2015-
Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler ordered Huntington Beach on June 2, 2015, to rescind within 45 days the 2013 California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) action---the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)---that rezoned the Historic Wintersburg property to commercial / industrial and included the approval for demolition. Both actions are now moot.
This action followed the June 1, 2015, Huntington Beach City Council meeting at which the Council voted to rescind the EIR and Statement of Overriding Consideration (the justification for demolition).
Read the June 2 article from the Huntington Beach Independent at http://www.hbindependent.com/news/tn-hbi-me-0604-wintersburg-20150602,0,5201448.story
Read the June 3 article from the Orange County Register at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/school-664113-company-city.html
This week, the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force is joined by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) for a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) which will result in findings and recommendations regarding alternatives for the property's historic preservation.
This process involves a positive approach with stakeholder interviews to achieve broad community input. Local stakeholders include: the property owner, neighborhood residents, adjacent school and school district, City of Huntington Beach officials and planning staff. The National Trust will facilitate the technical assistance panel with ULI and provide input, including expertise in heritage tourism.
We thank the many supporters, donors and businesses who are supporting this grassroots effort to save one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. We will be posting updates as this process moves forward.