July 12 – A plan to demolish the 120,000-square-foot former K-Mart building at the north end of the city and build a 320-unit apartment complex in its place received initial city approval Monday night.
The Planning and Transportation Commission voted 3-2 in favor of the plan despite opposition from a dozen speakers and nearly 40 letter-writers. Commissioners William Ernisse and Cliff Swan dissented.
About 60 people attended Monday’s meeting, including at least 20 residents from Palmia, a gated community across the street from the proposed complex. Many of the residents spoke against the project, saying low-income housing often brings with it crime and citing concerns about whether UDR will finish the project.
Read more at The Orange County Register