Plan for developing Packing House District approved by Placentia City Council – Orange County Register

Placentia leaders have changed the rules for building in the downtown’s Packing House District to allow developers to create mixed-use and residential projects near the Metrolink station slated to open in 2020.

“It’s a game changer, said City Administrator Damien Arrula. “There are a lot of things happening in this area that are both unique and very exciting for Placentia.”

The zoning change has already generated interest from several transit-oriented developers that want to be part of the revitalization of the district – a 28-acre area of predominately empty lots and old industrial buildings along Crowther Avenue south of the Metrolink station and its adjoining parking structure. The new rules approved this month also set out a plan for how the district should look with pedestrian-friendly streets and sense of charm.

Integral Communities, in partnership with Lyon Living, has submitted a preliminary site plan to build a five-story, luxury apartment complex on 2.95 acres on Crowther Avenue where the Boys & Girls Club once was. The 215-unit project would be similar to a luxury apartment complex they built in Santa Ana, the Nineteen01 apartments, which include a clubhouse, pool and fitness center atop a concrete parking garage.

The resort-style living would appeal to everyone from millennials to empty nesters who want to benefit from public transportation and accessibility to shops, restaurants and public amenities, officials said.

“This is the type of project we were envisioning,”…

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