It is with great disappointment that as resident of Bloomington I read the information featured in the article titled “Controversy over Bloomington warehouse project continues (Feb. 9).”
The article highlights statements provided by Gary Grossich, chairman of Bloomington’s Municipal Advisory Council (MAC). Grossich proclaims the MAC unanimously approved and supported the upcoming proposed warehouse on Slover and Laurel; however, this decision was received with outrage and objection by residents of Bloomington who also voted unanimously for no warehouses in the Community General Plan.
For more than three years, an overwhelming number of concerned Bloomington neighbors have expressed strong opposition for any warehouse proposed or any rezoning of residential land to industrial too close to our homes and schools, and the MAC has neglected to publicly express these concerns.
The article reports that Grossich believes “the project is necessary for the economic future of the community,” but this is a fallacy.
The vast majority of warehouse workers are now hired through staffing agencies which are notorious for paying poverty level wages, thus contributing to the economic oppression and lack of upward mobility felt by members of Bloomington and the Inland Empire as a whole.
Additionally, the logistics industry is becoming rapidly automated and physical labor has diminished as a result of new technology; these projects will not help our community but hurt us.
As concerned neighbors, we are not against new development, as long as it is placed in a responsible site zoned industrial with accurate distance preventing it from harming the community’s public health or quality of life.
Until now, no existing warehouse project in my community has generated revenue for us or allocated any resources for Bloomington to benefit from.
Grossich argues “the company has made modifications to the plan in order to satisfy a few residents…and according to the environmental report does not harm the community,” yet according to the analysis of the over 400-page Draft Environmental Report (DEIR) it highlights the project would have significant and unavoidable impacts to the air quality and to traffic and circulation. The DEIR thoroughly conveys the conflict it has with the implementation of the applicable air quality plan and making a few “modifications” will not solve the danger at hand.
Co-Founder of Concerned Neighbors of Bloomington