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Milton Avenue suit goes to trial Sept. 3

A TRIAL DATE of Sept. 3 has been set to hear a lawsuit against a proposed apartment complex in Westminster (Shutterstock).

A trial date of Tuesday, Sept. 3 has been set to hear the case of the Residents of Westminster organization against plans to build a new three-story apartment complex.

The trial is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. in Dept. CX 104 at the Civic Center Complex in Santa Ana.

Originally rejected by the Westminster City Council on Sept. 5, 2018, the project was approved on Sept. 19 when Councilwoman Kimberly Ho switched positions and joined Mayor Tri Ta and Councilman Chi Charlie Nguyen in voting in favor.

The project is a 24-apartment development on a 1.01-acre site at 13800-13832 Milton Ave. Initially, it was defeated because the zoning code allows only 18 units on a site that size.

However, Ho concluded that a state law allowed developers to get a “high-density bonus” of more apartments if some are rented to tenants at low or very low-rent tenants.

Nearby residents have complained that the development as approved would cause potential problems with parking, traffic and environmental issues.

According to ROW’s lawsuit, the council’s approval violated state law and city land use ordinances and that the project was not eligible for exemption from environmental review.

The group wants the developers – Chris Albers Sr. and Jr. – to:

  • reduce the number of units in the project
  • add more off-street parking
  • reduce the height of the buildings
  • release the results of an environmental study.

Efforts to reach the Albers by The Tribune were not successful.


4 replies »

  1. Actually,
    It was Tyler Diep not Chi “Charlie” Nyguen who voted YES for this project from day one.

    Here is the address of the court if you’d like to attend:

    Trial is September 3, 2019 at 1:30 pm. Case will be on the First Floor in Dept CX104

    • Tyler Diep also received substantial political donations from Christopher Albers. After Diep was called out for having breakfast with Albers the morning after the September 5 City Council Meeting, Kimberly Ho was forced to admit she too had met with Albers (but claimed she did not know Diep had also met with the developer).

      Now that Tyler Diep is in Sacramento, take a look at who he is co-writing legislation with. None other than the prince of high-density development, California Senator Scott Weiner.

  2. The developer, Christopher Albers, also made substantial campaign contributions to Tyler Diep. Tyler was also seen having breakfast with Christopher Albers, Sr. the morning after the September 5, 2017 City Council Meeting. Kimberly Ho later admitted from the dias that she too had met with Christopher Albers, Sr. at a separate time.

    Now that Tyler Deep is up in Sacramento he is working closely with the prince of high-density development, State Senator Scott Weiner (D).

    Odder still is that Diep is supposed to be a conservative Republican. Scott Weiner is anything but conservative.

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