Garden Grove

Cottages, “skeleton” go to planners

A RE-DO of what’s been called “the rusty skeleton” is on the agenda of the Garden Grove Planning Commission on Thursday (OC Tribune photo).

Two long-awaited and potentially transformative projects will move to the starting line at Thursday’s meeting of the Garden Grove Planning Commission.

Planners will be asked to approve a site plan and three conditional use permits for the Cottage Industries project between Civic Center Drive and 9th Street.

Additionally, the agenda includes a site plan and other permissions for the repurposing of an existing eight-story unfinished steel structure – commonly known as “The Rusty Skeleton” but first officially as the Garden Grove Galleria – as a 400-unit senior housing project on Garden Grove Boulevard, west of Brookhurst Street.

The Cottage Industries project calls for the conversion of six existing buildings into commercial restaurant and retail use, and the construction of two new commercial buildings with a square footage of about 2,884 feet.

Those buildings will include a communal lounge area, a restaurant, restrooms and storage, along with a trellis and patio shade structures of about 4,900 square feet, and the conversion of two parcels into a surface parking lot.

Intended uses for the buildings will include a gastropub, a vegan restaurant and, perhaps, an ice cream shop.

The original Galleria project, to be built on property at 10080 and 10189 Garden Grove Blvd. and owned by the Hoag Foundation, benefactor of the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove, was begun in 2004 but stalled during the Great Recession.

Efforts to restart the development were stopped by legal wrangles among several parties, and the slowly-rusting superstructure has been an embarrassment and frustration to the community. But now AMG & Associates is planning on restarting the project with several changes, including an increase in density from 42 dwelling units per acre to 60 and an increase in the developable site area from 3.09 acres to 5.09 acres.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.



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  1. should have used this building as a homeless shelter for the homeless folks displaced from the SantAna river’s bike path . There’s plenty of room for a shopping carts parking area too


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