By Jim Tortolano
Two major projects won approval from the Garden Grove Planning Commission Wednesday night, as planners voted in favor of the Cottage Industries development in the downtown-civic center area as well as a senior citizen housing project that will turn the much-maligned “rusty skeleton” into a sleek eight-story landmark.
Planners voted 6-0 to approve the Cottage project to be located east of Euclid Street and north of Garden Grove Boulevard, with member Andrew Kanzler recusing himself.
The Galleria project, incorporating the Garden Brook Senior Village into a building near Brookhurst Street with retail uses on the first floor, won 7-0 approval from the commission.
At the Cottages’ public hearing, several property owners in the area were concerned about noise and parking issues. But most people voiced enthusiasm.
“This project is going to transform the area,” said John Martinez. “In five years you’re not going to know the area.”
The Cottage Industries project calls for the conversion of six existing buildings between Civic Center Drive and 9th Street 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 only “complaint” voiced about this development was commission chair George Brietigam’s humorous comment: “I’m going to miss looking at Garden Grove’s Eiffel Tower.”
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