Final Ok for new mixed use project?

A 65-UNIT affordable mixed-use project is seeking final approval by the Westminster City Council on Wednesday night.

The second reading and likely approval of an ordinance calling for construction of a mixed-used development comprised of 65 affordable residential units on a two-acre site on Westminster Boulevard goes before the Westminster City Council when it meets on Wednesday.

Originally approved on Feb. 12, the ordinance authorizes the project to be built at 7122-7140 Westminster Blvd. at Locust Street, west of Goldenwest Street as a part of what’s intended to be a new “downtown” for the community.

The tenants would be working families and very low income residents. Rent will range from $575 to $1700 a month. The three-story building will have non-residential uses on the first floor.

At the Feb. 12 meeting, some speakers raised issues relating to traffic and parking, and expressed concern about the effects on the neighborhood of that project and another nearby with 50 planned apartments.

Also on the agenda for Wednesday is a report on the city’s homeless outreach program. It was scheduled to be delivered by Police Chief Ralph Ornelas, who last week was placed on administrative leave while under investigation of “possible policy violations.” 

Deputy Chief Mark Lauderback is the acting chief of police.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. in its chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd. (east of Beach Boulevard).

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