Garden Grove

Bus benches, Willowick fate on agenda

WILLOWICK GOLF COURSE in Santa Ana is on land owned by the City of Garden Grove.

The color of bus benches and the future of the Willowick Golf Course are on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove City Council.

After something of a public outcry about the bright lime-green seating that popped up around the city in March, the council will have an opportunity to choose a change to a blue hue which matches the color of bus shelters already in place along local streets.

A BLUE version of three green-painted bus benches now on the street (City of GG photo).

Also on Tuesday night, the council will consider an agreement with the City of Santa Ana regarding the development of the Willowick Golf Course. The 101.5-acre site is located within Santa Ana city limits, but is owned by the City of Garden Grove.

The agreement calls for the cities to commit $50,000 each for the hiring of an economic advisory consultant and a community facilitator consultant. They and city leaders would work toward creating a “vision” for the property based on community outreach.

A “master developer” for the project would also be sought and a Willowick Ad Hoc Steering Committee consisting of three city council members from each city to oversee the process would be created.

The golf course’s fate is considered particularly timely in that the lease on the land will be expiring shortly, and the OC Streetcar line – which will have a stop at the site on its way from Santa Ana to Garden Grove – could be operational as soon at 2020.

When Amazon opened up competition for its second North American headquarters, Garden Grove and Santa Ana put in an unsuccessful bid with the Willowick land a key component.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in its chambers in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.

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