By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
A new mixed-use project that would combine homes and offices along a well-worn stretch of Garden Grove Boulevard will come before the Garden Grove City Council on Tuesday.
The development, to be called Lili Garden Plaza, would replace several older residences and commercial buildings, including an adult bookstore.
“It’s a little like the Galleria,” said Jim DellaLonga, senior project manager in the city’s planning division. “Only we hope it has a more positive result.” The Galleria, a mixed-use development further west on the boulevard near Brookhurst Street in Koreatown, has been stalled for years and consists now of just a stark steel skeleton.
The Lili Garden project would be a seven-story structure located at 12051 to 12081 Garden Grove Blvd., east of West Street and west of Harbor Boulevard. It’s a 1.77-acre site and would consist of 53 residential condos and 26 commercial condos.
The commercial units would likely be medical and similar office uses, and would occupy two or three floors, with residential above. A parking structure would also be built.
For residential buyers, the homes would be offered in three- and four-bedroom configurations. The commercial units are about 1,099 feet at present.
Pricing for the residential units are in the $400,000 to $500,000 range, according to Dellalonga.
The developer is Sweet Homes Development., based in Rosemead.
The public hearing will be on a development and disposition agreement between the developer and the City of Garden Grove and its Agency for Community Development.
“It would make quite an impact visually on the street,” said DellaLonga. “Not only will be replacing some marginal uses there, but it’s a nice complement to the development of International West on Harbor Boulevard.”
International West is the city’s name for the portion of Harbor Boulevard developed with hotels, restaurants and other attractions. A water park-hotel is slated to built not far from the Lili site.