Malibu May Cut Off 2 Acres From Potential Park Site

Written by on April 17, 2019

The City of Malibu has unveiled the possibility of putting a fire station on the vacant piece of land … just purchased by Malibu … on Civic Center Way.

Malibu’s city council has directed the city manager to explore selling the front two acres of the 9.6 acre lot … to the fire department.

This land is called by many the “chili cook off site.”

It’s official name is the “Ioki Property.”

LA County is anxious to replace the cramped Fire Station 88 … on Malibu Road.

But carving up the largest city-owned lot may not sit well with backers of a city park.

Already … 1 acre of the lot is promised to be park and ride lot for metro.

Take away 2 acres for fire station … and that’s one third of the land.

Soccer teams … little league teams … adult sports enthusiasts have been rebuffed in their hopes to build a athletics fields at Bluffs Park.

Swimmers have been hoping to find a place for a municipal pool … to replace the overcrowded … falling-apart municipal pool at the high school.

Carving away one third of the chili cook off site for a fire station … before the city draws up any sort of master plan for parks or other land use … may be controversial.

The city manager is recommending that a public hearing be held about this on May 1st … at the city Public Safety Commission.

But no hearing is recommended at the city Parks Commission …

The entire issue goes before the city council one week from Monday.

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