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By Miriam Raftery

January 19, 2017 (El Cajon) – On February 7th at 7 p.m. El Cajon’s Planning Commission will consider a proposal to convert an existing building into a crematorium burning human remains.  The site is located at 1150-1168 North Marshall Avenue between Fesler Street and Vernon Way.

Crematoriums in urban areas can cause serious problems.  In 2011, the County shut down a crematorium in unincorporated El Cajon after numerous public complaints and findings of health hazards to the public.  Neighbors’ videos and eyewitness accounts documented smoke and sparks coming out of the facility, with ashes coating nearby cars, patios, and even hamburgers at a fast food restaurant next door, as ECM reported.

The meeting will be held in El Cajon City Council chambers at 200 Civic Center Way, El Cajon. The public invited to attend and participate.

This project is exempt from California Environmental Quality Act requirements.

Any court challenge to the project may be limited to issues you or someone else raises during the public hearing or in written correspondence to the Commission at or before the hearing. View full notice.

 For questions, contact Lorena Cordova at 619-441-1539 or email and reference “Crematorium” in the subject line.

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