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A new indoor basketball and volleyball facility is planned to open this summer.
Operators of the youth athletic program, Athletes In Motion 4 Life of Huntington Beach, received the city's approval last week to open a basketball and volleyball center in the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems Specific Plan, a multibuilding complex along Westminster Avenue and Seal Beach Boulevard, where other businesses currently operate.
The center would be able to set up six volleyball courts or four basketball courts at a time where youth league games, team practices and private lessons could take place year round.
Tim Osgood, general manager of the planned facility, said if construction goes smoothly, a nearly 186,400-square-foot building in the complex would be transformed into an athletic facility by July.
The Seal Beach Planning Commission unanimously approved the center's conditional use permit last week.
According to the staff report, representatives of the program said they would work with surrounding businesses regarding their concerns with potential noise and traffic. Some of those compromises included installing padding to walls as a sound barrier and coordinating the center's practice schedule so employees from other businesses in the complex could avoid traffic at the end of the day.
Mike Beckage, co-founder of data recorder and sensor manufacturer Diversified Technical Systems, which operates in a neighboring building, told the commission he preferred "another quiet business next door like mine," but said DTS would accept the compromise.
"It's a conditional use permit, so we depend on you to let us know" if the center is abiding by the set regulations, commission chair Sandra Massa-Lavitt told Beckage.
Supporters of the program, like Los Alamitos High School's Athletic Director Richard Smith, said the center would benefit students' practices.
They are "scrambling to practice wherever we can, and facilities like this would stabilize consistent practices (for our) teams," Smith said. He said giving the high school's basketball and volleyball teams an extra place to practice could free up the school's gymnasium to other campus activities like color guard and show choir.
Seal Beach Volleyball Club coach Maria Fattal said the center would also help the youth who practice there develop to play at a national level.
"There is no doubt we need a sports facility," said commission member Patty Campbell at the meeting.
"I really hope it works out," Campbell said.