By Andrea Papagianis
A mixed-use downtown project proposal that would build 28,000 square feet of retail space, 111 residences and have two levels of subterranean parking will go before the Planning Commission on Monday, July 14 for public input.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall, Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern.
Over the course of 72 hours, residents and passersby got an idea of what the project’s scope would be. Eight cranes moved from three locations, marking the project’s three phases, displaying building heights of four stories high fronting on both Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado Avenue.
The project would combine seven non-contiguous plots on either side of Amber Lantern that currently house a Shell gas station, Bella Bazaar, The Coastal Arcadian and a two story building where Thai This, a realty company and other businesses are housed.
The developer, Majestic Housing & Development LLC, is requesting a permit to allow mechanical equipment measuring 42 inches above the height limit. Additionally, the developer has requested a permit allowing roof decks with railings extending above the height limit; a variance allowing four-story structures and a parking variance for 56 parking spaces.
The project comes before the commission just weeks after the City Council, in a 3-2 vote, approved allocating $7.7 million to the second phase of the Town Center-Lantern District infrastructure project.
While many spoke in favor of the spending, others expressed disappointment in the lack of public information surrounding the meeting, which did not list the potential allocation on the agenda.
Plans are available for review at the Planning Department counter at City Hall through Monday. Interested parties who cannot make it to the meeting can still submit their comments to commissioners through Denise Jacobo at firstname.lastname@example.org.