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Dec. 7 – Santa Ana City Council to vote on developer agreement for Station District

December 6, 2009

From the Orange County Register – The City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on a development agreement that sets some standards for a redevelopment project east of downtown known as the Station District.

In particular, the agreement envisions mostly apartments and condos in the new district, as well as — possibly — some open space, community facilities and neighborhood shops.

The council has already picked a development team to oversee the project, led by Related California and Griffin Realty Corporation. The team has been hosting community meetings to hear what residents want in the area, generally bordered by the Santa Ana train depot and the Civic Center.

The agreement up for a vote on Monday would give the development team the right to acquire and develop nearly 50 pieces of land the city owns in the area. It would also clear the way for the city and the developers to negotiate final agreements for the development of those parcels, a process that could take up to two years.

The Station District project would feature mostly multi-family residential buildings, such as rental apartments or for-sale condos, according to the proposed pre-development agreement. The project would follow the city’s affordable-housing goals. It also could include some non-residential buildings, such as shops or live-work lofts. And it could feature open space or community facilities, according to the proposed agreement.

Monday’s meeting will be in the Santa Ana City Council Chambers, 22 Civic Center Plaza, and begins with a closed session at 5 p.m.

By Doug Irving
OC Register

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