Garden Grove

Willowick proposals delay is OKd

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

A two-month extension of the deadline to submit proposals for open space or affordable housing uses of the Willowick Golf Course was approved by the Garden Grove City Council Tuesday night.

The council voted 7-0 to approve the extension from May 11 to July 10 because of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The course is on a 101.5-acre site owned by the City of Garden Grove but located within the City of Santa Ana.

Under the Surplus Land Act, Garden Grove must offer the land first to a public agency or developer for those purposes. If no qualified candidate comes forth by the deadline, the city may dispose of the land as it sees fit.

Santa Ana and Garden Grove have worked together to determine a use for the site. Garden Grove intended to lease the land to a developer with experience in hotel projects in the city, but that was stalled by legal action.

Also on Tuesday night, the council approved a resolution proposed by Councilmember Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen denouncing coronavirus discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans.

Additionally, a municipal financial update for fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21 was presented. Finance Director Patricia Song, speaking of the “significant uncertainties” caused by COVID-19, told the council that $12.8 million worth of damage has been done to the fiscal health of the city government, with 94 percent of it in lost revenue. A $5.4 million deficit is projected for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

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