Garden Grove

Meeting on new Galleria proposal is set

GARDEN GROVE GALLERIA may finally be completed. A neighborhood meeting on the latest proposal in set for Wednesday (OC Tribune photo).

After more than a decade of stop-and-start progress on the Garden Grove Galleria project – also known as the “Rusty Skeleton” – the process of finally completing the development could be underway for good.

A neighborhood meeting is set for Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove gym, 9860 Larson Ave., on a proposal to finish the partially completed building.

AMG & Associates is planning to develop the structure as an eight-story mixed-use project with 400 affordable housing senior housing units and 12,938 square feet of retail space. The proposal calls for the development, located on a 3.09-acre site at 10800 to 10180 Garden Grove Blvd., to double in density, with the size of each unit and the open space reduced from earlier plans.

The project was originally launched more than a decade ago, but construction stopped because of financial problems, and in the years that followed there was a tangle of lawsuits among the lender, contractors and the property owner, the Hoag Foundation.

On several occasions the city council considered the condemnation and demolition of the structure, but held off hoping that a development deal could eventually be worked out.

Wednesday’s meeting is not an official public hearing and no action will be taken.

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