161-unit housing project on hold?

THE STANTON CIVIC CENTER complex (OC Tribune photo).

A public hearing will be held at Tuesday’s meeting of the Stanton City Council in which the members will be asked to back out of a previous decision to clear the way for the construction of a 161-unit multi-family affordable housing project.

The meeting will be held telephonically with a closed session at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Back on Nov. 19, 2019, the council passed two resolutions authoring the use of eminent domain regarding 15 parcels on the south side of Tina Way, east of Sherrill Street for the housing project, which might have included a pre-school and additional recreational facility. The city now owns six of the properties.

In a staff report, the reason for “rescission” of the earlier action is “extenuating circumstances,” chiefly the current COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the costs of relocating existing residents and the increased value of the remaining parcels. The city could re-invoke the power of eminent domain later if conditions change.


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