Across the Area

Homeless shelter funds mulled

A PROPOSAL TO HELP FUND another homeless facility goes before the Stanton City Council Tuesday night. It will be located in Fullerton  (Flickr/Hajee).

Stanton may be getting another homeless shelter … just not in Stanton.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the City Council, a cooperative funding agreement to share the costs of the Recuperative and Navigation Center in Fullerton will be considered.

Stanton’s share will be a one-time payment of $500,000 – from the low- and moderate housing fund – and payment of $60 daily per bed for every homeless person placed from Stanton at the center, to be located at 3535 West Commonwealth Ave.

Stanton is one of 13 Orange County cities in the Northern Service Planning Area seeking to address the problem of homelessness.

The North SPA already operates facilities for the unsheltered in Buena Park and Placentia with a total capacity of 250 beds. Currently, there’s a need for more space.

Under federal court order, cities may not enforce loitering and camping ordinances unless there is a facility to serve the homeless violating those regulations.

The council meeting will be held via teleconference at 6:30 p.m.

New façade wins planning approval

A modern façade for a new business currently under development on Main Street won approval last Thursday from the Garden Grove Planning Commission.

On a 5-0 vote, planners approved a request to modify the façade for AUM Beer Club, 12900 Main St. That’s the former location of Doug’s Downtown Grill.

That portion of Main Street is Garden Grove’s original and historic central business district. In 1978-9 the city council adopted design criteria that reflected the design of the storefronts after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. The “principal architectural character is of a Spanish style, wood-framed stucco building fronts and title roofs.”

The new occupants of the building proposed a more contemporary steel façade, while retaining some elements of the “original” look.

Planners also directed city staff to send a memo to the city council to consider redrafting design standards that some felt were “outdated.”

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