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.