Garden Grove

Willowick saga taking another turn?

WILLOWICK Golf Course its owned by the City of Garden Grove but within Santa Ana city limits. The Garden Grove City Council will consider notifying affordable housing developers or public agencies of its availability when it meets on Tuesday (Tribune photo).

Another try at resolving the fate of the Willowick Golf Course  will go before the Garden Grove City Council when it meets Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

The council will be asked to adopt a resolution declaring the 101.5-acre site located in Santa Ana but owned by the City of Garden Grove to be surplus land under the recently amended Surplus Land Act.

What would follow is that the city would notify the availability of the land for sale or lease for appropriate public agencies and housing sponsors such as schools, parks or affordable housing. One hundred sixty nine entities would be notified.

If after a “good faith” negotiation period of 90 days if no agreement is reached between Garden Grove and any interested suitor, the land may be sold or leased “without further regard to the Surplus Land Act.”

First acquired by Garden Grove in 1964, the site served as both a local golf course and an income source. With the original lease running out and revenue declining, Garden Grove – along with Santa Ana – has been exploring the possible reuse of the site, with proposals including a stadium, a mixed-use development and other concepts.

However, the revisions to the Surplus Land Act and subsequent legal action have directed the matter back to giving public agencies and affordable housing builders first shot at the site.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday are proposed agreements with new operators for the arena soccer facility in Garden Grove Park and the roller hockey rink at the Chapman Sports Complex, located at Chapman Avenue and Knott Street.

The council meets in closed session at 5:30 p.m. and in regular session at 6:30 p.m. in its chambers in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.



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