As former municipal landfill, the Compton Alondra Landfill property presents unique and sizable challenges for its development. These challenges include the following:
The property is impacted by Unique Seismological Issues: Across the northeastern corner of the Compton Alondra Landfill property resides a section of the Avalon-Compton fault line. The fault line has been determined to possess a ground rupture potential hazard and therefore has made a material portion of the northeastern section of the Compton Alondra Landfill property unavailable for physical structure development. As such, any development of the property necessarily requires a strategy to develop over and around the fault zone to comply with particular development set back standards created by the existence of the fault.
The property is the subject of certain recognized environmental concerns: Because of the nature of its prior use as a municipal landfill, the Compton Alondra Landfill property is subject to a number of significant environmental risks. More specifically, the property contains meaningful levels of substances considered hazardous to human health such as methane gas, lead and arsenic. In this regard, any development of the Compton Alondra Landfill property requires sound and effective environmental management and strategy protocols to ensure that the development process is carried out and completed in a manner which eliminates any possible hazardous conditions at the property and which ensures the surrounding community’s safety.
The property is the subject of notable geophysical instability: During its existence as a municipal landfill, the Compton Alondra Landfill property was the recipient of considerable amounts of inorganic material (e.g. concrete slabs, glass and metals) which have been buried on the property at the depths of between 20-60 feet. The permanent presence of these materials on the property has made the property’s soil and foundational characteristics highly unstable in its current condition, and therefore constitutes a potential limitation on development options for the Compton Alondra Landfill property. Therefore, any development strategies for the Compton Alondra Landfill property must address and solve the uniquely inherent soil and foundation problems of the property caused by the nature of certain buried content on the property.
As an infill development opportunity, the Compton Alondra Landfill property’s development parameters are restricted by an already existing neighborhood character: Unlike with a greenfield development where there is little to no constraints imposed by existing infrastructure or building developments, the Compton Alondra Landfill property sits within an already existing and well-developed residential community with a strong character already in place. As such, any development of the Compton Alondra Landfill property must necessarily take into consideration the makeup of the existing community, and must demonstrate its ability to blend into the current character of the community, and improve the community in a holistic sense.
An effective development of the Compton Alondra Landfill property is highly dependent upon securing certain third-party approval and collaboration: There runs along the eastern perimeter of the Compton Alondra Landfill property (running North to South) a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) “Right of Way”, which contains and services two high-tension power lines. Any meaningful development of the Compton Alondra Landfill property will necessarily require cooperation of, and collaboration with, a public utility which currently has no incentive to participate in the development of the Compton Alondra Landfill property. Therefore, effective development of the Compton Alondra Landfill property will require the development of a strategic and operational plan to engage and motivate LADWP to proactively and aggressively participate in the development of the Property.