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City Council to decide on two large housing developments

Hub Fullerton: 420 units on 3.55 acres (118 dwelling units per acre, no affordable units).

City Council will decide on this project at Chapman and Commonwealth at its November 2 meeting at 6:30pm. Controversial issues for this student-oriented development include lack of affordable units, extremely high density, steep parking reductions, and air quality for tenants living so close to the freeway.

The project proposes approximately 600 fewer parking spaces than Fullerton normally requires. While other developers are asking for parking reductions based on inclusion of 5% affordable housing in their developments, the reduction for the Hub is based on standards for their projects in other states.

Concept drawing of Hub Fullerton, a proposed housing development near CSUF.

Pines at Sunrise Village: 164 units on 12.52 acres (13.1 dwelling units per acre, no affordable units)

On December 7 at 6:30 pm, the City Council will decide whether or not to approve the Pines at Sunrise Village project being proposed at the southwest corner of Euclid and Rosecrans. The City’s Planning Commission just approved it for recommendation to the Council, 4-1 (Gambino “no”) at their October 27th meeting. All commercial buildings with the exception of Coffee Code, Papa John’s and Del Taco buildings are proposed to be demolished, and 115 for-sale townhomes and 49 single family homes built with a Homeowners Association (HOA).

Many members of the public complained that they were outside of the 300 feet where public notices were mailed, and so were not aware of opportunities to meet with the developer. Commissioner Peter Gambino, newly appointed by Mayor Pro-Tem Nick Dunlap, responded to community concerns about the loss of local businesses by suggesting some commercial spaces be retained on the Rosecrans side, but did not get the support of other Commissioners.

Additional concerns about increased traffic, traffic safety, and increased heights and density did not result in any adjustments, but interest in the adjacent creek was addressed with a promise to restore or renaturalize it based on a forthcoming assessment.

The Commission also voted to reduce the term of the Development Agreement from 10 years with two 5 year extension options down to 5 years with one 5 year extension option. Besides creek restoration, the developer is also contributing its “Fair Share” cost to the sewer system, is replacing damaged and substandard sidewalks, and is repaving not only the roads adjacent to the development but also all the way south on Euclid to Bastanchury, which is beyond City requirements.

Meeting Info: To learn more about these development projects search for “development activity” on the City’s website http://www.cityoffullerton.com and click on the first retrieved link. Past Planning Commission and future City Council meeting agendas and informational reports and videos can be found on their respective meeting dates at: https://fullerton.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

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  1. Have City Council members personally tried to navigate Euclid north to Imperial and south to the 91 at about 8:00am and 3:30pm? Or how about Malvern east to the 57, or west to the 5? Malvern has become the default East West Corridor through Fullerton. It is also the Truck Route east and west with no weight restrictions.

    When was the last year traffic counts were taken on the North, South, East and West routes of Bastanchury, Malvern, Commonwealth, and Euclid? Traffic counts will record the concerning numbers. How about meters to gauge toxic air pollution? Not until these routes have been rehabilitated should any high density housing be built within this perimeter.

    Between Beach and Harbor, residences comprise about 99% of buildings along Malvern. Traffic should be routed to Bastanchury from Malvern to the 57.
    Westward, the same route in reverse to the 5. Bastanchury was supposed to be the east/west “Super Street” when backyards on Green Acre were seized by Fullerton City Imminent Domain some years back.

    I’ve lived in Fullerton since 1976 and have watched our streets become more and more congested. The impact of high density housing is much higher on current residents and their quality of life than any study can show.

    My home backs to Malvern from above on Glenwood Terrace. The diesel fuel from the trucks enters my back patio, dining room, living room, master bedroom and office. Sometimes the trucks are so heavy that my home shakes as they pass by. My Apple Watch even recorded unhealthy sound levels on my patio. Trucks are bad enough, but we also have neighbors that love their really loud cars and even add accessories that make them sound like fireworks! It’s a real joy in the middle of the night to be awakened by such inconsiderate drivers.

    Of the 6 homes backing to Malvern in Glenwood, there are currently 3 cancer survivors. One other resident passed away a few years back.

    This is a quality of life issue that requires remediation. Like, NOW, before adding more traffic, noise, and toxic air pollution into the mix.

    Council Members and other Commission Members, please take these issues seriously.
    Thank you.

    • I don’t think the planners give a damn about your quality of life. Sad face.

  2. Yes, 10 years ago Derek Savage and I stopped the new Housing Element from re-zoning ALL industrial to allow housing, but it came 2 inches from slipping through.

    Also, Peter Gambino, newly on Planning, asked to retain commercial on Rosecrans at the Pines project last week but no other Commissioner took him up on it. Let’s see what happens at Council.

    This is a timely issue because the upcoming Housing Incentive Overlay Zone will also impact Commercial uses. Stay tuned!

    • A housing overlay makes sense in certain situations.

      However, The Hub site must have close to 100 small, affordable office units. I should have said O-P zone; but commercial and industrial sites should be evaluated for mixed use that provide opportunity and makes sense with a flexible economy. I’m not too worried about industrial where rents are higher than ever – even eclipsing housing use. High density housing is not the solution to every perceived problem, but it pays big developer fees and provides employment for Astroturf organizations to make a buck.

  3. Is anybody worried about the loss of Commercial zoned land? Is anybody even thinking about it?

  4. Student housing is much-needed! Providing housing within walking distance has the potential to reduce traffic congestion by allowing students to walk to campus instead of driving.

    • Who says “students” will even be able to afford the rent? Sounds just like another “Jefferson Commons” scam.