Garden Grove

Groundbreaking for Sprouts

A SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET will be the main anchor of the new Pavilion Plaza West to be built on Chapman Avenue, west of Brookhurst Street in Garden Grove. The existing former Vons Pavilion building will be demolished.

The long wait may soon be over.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday at 4 p.m. for the new Pavilion Plaza West in Garden Grove, a new shopping center to be anchored by a Sprouts Farmers Market.

The project will be constructed on the site of the former Vons Pavilion supermarket, which operated from 1985 to 2005. It had originally been built as a Zody’s discount department store in 1960.

The building has stood vacant since 2005, and will be demolished to clear the way for the new center, located at 9852 Chapman Avenue, west of Brookhurst Street.

The property is owned by the Sterling Organization. Building will be done by A.R. Mays Construction. The development is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Council approves ADU ordinance

On a 4-3 vote, the Garden Grove City Council on Tuesday night approved for first reading an ordinance amending the municipal code regarding the development of accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units.

Allowing such smaller residences on land zoned for single-family and multiple-family areas is now required by state law in an effort to deal with California’s housing crisis.

Some council members complained that the ADUs and JADUs could contribute to crowding in neighborhoods and create parking problems and that “the state was cramming this down our throats.”

However, since the maximum size of the units in the city’s ordinance of 1,000-square feet is smaller than the state standard of 1,200-square feet, the majority chose to approve the action as a way of retaining some “local control.”

Fair housing workshop on March 9

The City of Garden Grove, in collaboration with the Fair Housing Foundation, is offering a free Virtual Fair Housing Workshop in English and Spanish on Tuesday, March 9, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., via Zoom or by phone, to provide counseling and education services relating to fair housing laws. Garden Grove tenants, landlords, managers, property owners, attorneys, realtors, and management companies are encouraged to attend. To register, visit call (800) 446-3247.

Topics to be discussed include information on COVID-19; new statewide laws; federal and state fair housing laws; housing discrimination; modifications and accommodation; families with children; notices; eviction process; and more.

The free Virtual Fair Housing Workshop will also be offered in Korean and Vietnamese on Tuesday, April 6, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Visit or call (800) 446-3247 to register.

The Fair Housing Foundation is dedicated to eliminating discrimination in housing and promoting equal access to housing choices for everyone.

For more information, visit or or contact Nate Robbins, Community and Economic Development Department, at (714) 741-5206.








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