The reuse of the Willowick Golf Course – owned by the City of Garden Grove but located within Santa Ana city limits – may move forward on Tuesday.
Garden Grove’s city council will consider opening a 90-day negotiation process with three entities interested in developing affordable housing on the 100-acre site as part of a proposed use.
The “sponsors” are:
- Willowick Community Partners (City Ventures, Jamboree Housing and Primestor)
- The Trust For Public Land, State Coastal Conservancy and Clifford Beers Housing
- McWhinney Land LLC and Wakeland Housing.
However, new state law requires that “surplus land” be offered first for public education, parkland or affordable housing uses. The city’s desire is to negotiate a long-term lease or leases rather than sell the property outright.
Willowick was begun as a golf course in the 1920s and was purchased in 1964 by the City of Garden Grove. When a long-held lease with the golf course operator lapsed, both cities began to consider possible re-uses of the site, one of the few remaining large parcels of undeveloped land in central Orange County.
Because of the split ownership-legal authority between the two cities, a joint powers agency might be created to administer the land or both cities would have to agree on any future use of the land.
Also on Tuesday, re-elected members of the city council – including Mayor Steve Jones and councilmembers John O’Neill (District 2) and Kim Nguyen (District 6) – will be sworn in for another term in office.
The council will meet in web conference at 6:30 p.m.
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