Garden Grove

Tree deal, West GG center OK’d

THE WEST GROVE Center will expand as plans for new construction were approved by the Garden Grove City Council Tuesday night (Orange County Tribune photo).

It was a good night for trees across the city and for commercial development along Valley View Street in Garden Grove.

To better maintain, preserve and nurture the city’s 16,000 trees, the city council on a 7-0 vote Tuesday approved a five-year agreement with West Coast Arborists, Inc. for citywide tree maintenance at a cost of up to $440,000.

Funding for the contract will come from a combination of gas tax and general fund money available in the current public works budget. The need for “urban forest” management has been increased with the establishment of the Medal of Honor Bicycle and Pedestrian Path, flanked by over 300 new trees.

Also approved on a 7-0 vote was an ordinance for a planned unit development at the West Grove Center at 12141 Valley St. that will include turning an existing closed bowling alley into a smaller building for four tenants – including an anchor tenant and three restaurants and Starbucks coffee store with drive-through lanes.

The next meeting of the city council is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27.

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